Herpes (HSV)

Genital Herpes is a STBBI caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and may cause mouth or genital blisters or sores. There is no cure for genital herpes but the infection can be managed with medication. Typically, there are recurring outbreaks. Genital herpes is spread through skin to skin contact often during oral, vaginal or anal sex.


  • Any infection in the genital area may increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Practicing safer sex, by using latex or polyurethane condoms and/or dental dams for oral, anal or vaginal sex can reduce the risk of STIs.
  • Order FREE condoms & dental dams today at the Sex it Smart website
  • Want to get tested? Visit the Get Tested Why Not website
  • Call the AIDS & Sexual Health Info Line at 1-800-668-2437 if you have questions or need help.

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