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Most people with genital herpes do not know they have it.
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Fact Sheet

You can get genital herpes from an infected partner, even if your partner has no herpes symptoms.

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Genital herpes is a common STD, and most people with genital herpes infection do not know they have it.

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There is no cure for herpes, but medication is available to reduce symptoms and make it less likely that you will spread herpes to a sex partner.


2015 STD Treatment Guidelines – Genital HSV Infections – Includes diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and special considerations for genital herpes infections. (June 4, 2015)

What You Need to Know About Genital Herpes – Video by Dr. Robyn Neblett Fanfair, Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, summarizes important facts about genital herpes, including information on how herpes is spread, symptoms of the infection, and ways it is treated and prevented. (April 30, 2013)

Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States (February 13, 2013)