Print Version Commercial Print Version Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses.
The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.
You can get herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease.
Fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection.
Sometimes genital herpes infection can lead to miscarriage.
It can also make it more likely for you to deliver your baby too early.
If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, it is even more important for you to go to prenatal care visits.
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If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting herpes: Herpes symptoms can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered by a latex condom.
However, outbreaks can also occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes.
Herpes infection can be passed from you to your unborn child and cause a potentially deadly infection (neonatal herpes).
You can also get herpes from an infected sex partner who does not have a visible sore or who may not know he or she is infected because the virus can be released through your skin and spread the infection to your sex partner(s).The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.