Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes infected sores or blisters. It’s spread through skin-to-skin contact – most often through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Treatment can help with herpes symptoms, but the virus cannot be cured and remains in the body for life. This means that blisters normally come back once in a while. You can reduce your chances of getting genital herpes by using condoms or dental dams during sex.
HSV spreads most easily when a person comes in direct contact with an infected person’s mucous membranes, saliva, or the oozing fluid from a sore. Mucous membranes are the moist skin that lines the inside parts of the body such as the mouth, nose and vagina. That is why it is extremely important not to kiss or have sex with anyone when herpes sores are present. However, HSV can be spread even when the infected person has no sores or obvious signs of infection. The herpes virus cannot live very long outside of the body. It is unlikely that you can get it from a toilet seat.

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