Genital herpes is a common sexually-transmitted viral infection, and can be contagious even when no symptoms are present.
Symptoms typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth that break and leave open sores.
Herpes is estimated to affect nearly one out of every three Americans.
For more information contact:
- Your local health office, or call our Health Info Hotline at 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)
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