Genital Herpes FAQs
Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on February 11, 2016
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Q:Is genital herpes contagious? Yes or no?
Q:Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. True or false?
Q:Genital herpes can occur in areas that are not covered by a latex condom. True or false?
Q:What are symptoms of genital herpes?
A:A person can have genital herpes and not even realize it, because most people have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
Q:There is no cure for genital herpes. True or false?
A:There is currently no cure for genital herpes, but there are medications that can prevent outbreaks or shorten their duration.
Q:Genital herpes outbreaks tend to decrease over time. True or false?
Q:The herpes virus settles permanently in the body closest to the spine. True or false?
Q:What is viral shedding?
A:Many people who have genital herpes may produce viral particles even when they have no symptoms, in a process called "asymptomatic viral shedding."
Q:Genital herpes is a skin infection. True or false?
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