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If you touch your sores or the fluids from the sores, you may transfer herpes to another part of your body, such as your eyes.
Do not touch the sores or fluids to avoid spreading herpes to another part of your body.
Print Version Commercial Print Version Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses.
The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.
If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, it is even more important for you to go to prenatal care visits.
You need to tell your doctor if you have ever had symptoms of, been exposed to, or been diagnosed with genital herpes.
These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.” The first time someone has an outbreak they may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands.
Repeat outbreaks of genital herpes are common, especially during the first year after infection.
Most people who have herpes have no, or very mild symptoms.
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If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting herpes: Herpes symptoms can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered by a latex condom.
However, outbreaks can also occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes.