Medical Dictionary: HSV-2

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HSV-2: Another name for Genital herpes.
HSV-2 (condition): Sexually transmitted infection of the genital region.
HSV-2 (condition): Genital herpes is an incurable STD that is spread by sexual activity including oral sex. The cause is herpes virus type 2 whereas cold sores are caused by HSV-1. Although genital herpes is incurable, it can be controlled by various drugs, and typically subsides between episodic attacks called "flares". Complications are rare but the condition can be serious in the immunosuppressed and newborn babies. Pregnant women with herpes need to discuss the issue with their doctors to avoid infection of the newborn.

HSV-2: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV -1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first episode. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to go down over a period of years. 1

More information on medical condition: Genital herpes:

1. excerpt from Genital Herpes: DSTD

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