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What is Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus 1, 2)?

Description of the disease:

Herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. It manifests as eruptions on the skin or mucous membranes.


  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) - usually causes oral herpes and eruptions around the lips.
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) - more commonly causes genital herpes.


Symptoms of herpes include eruptions, itching, burning, general weakness, and elevated body temperature.


Herpes is transmitted through contact with infected skin or mucous membrane.


Herpes diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms, as well as laboratory tests.


Treatment of herpes includes the use of antiviral drugs and symptomatic therapy.


Herpes prevention includes avoiding close contact with infected individuals, using condoms, and maintaining immunity.


Herpes treatment is provided by dermatovenereologists or infectious disease specialists.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.