What is genital herpes and what are outbreaks?

Updated: Jan 29


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Genital herpes may be a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This STI causes herpetic sores, which are painful blisters (fluid-filled bumps) which will break open and ooze fluid.


About 16 percent of individuals between the ages of 14 and 49 years old have this condition.


Causes of herpes genitalis


Two sorts of herpes simplex virus cause genital herpes:


HSV-1, which usually causes cold sores

HSV-2, which usually causes herpes genitalis

The viruses enter into the body through mucous membranes. The mucous membranes are the skinny layers of tissue that line the openings of your body.


They can be found in your nose, mouth, and genitals.


Once the viruses are inside, they incorporate themselves into your cells then stay within the nerve cells of your pelvis. Viruses tend to multiply or adapt to their environments very easily, which makes treating them difficult.


HSV-1 or HSV-2 are often found in people’s bodily fluids, including: