genital herpes


Definition of genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type typically affecting the genitalia

Examples of genital herpes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Viruses such as herpes simplex 1, which causes cold sores and, less commonly, genital herpes, are considered endemic throughout the world. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 About two thirds of the global population under age 50 has HSV-1, according to the World Health Organization, and around one in every six people in the U.S. between ages 14 and 49 has genital herpes, according to the CDC. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 3 Jan. 2022 The former typically causes oral herpes, while the latter usually causes genital herpes. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 Almost one in six people age 14-49 in America have genital herpes, and more than half of Americans have oral herpes, according to Planned Parenthood. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 Even genital herpes tends to spike around the spring and summer in the United States. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 In fact, genital herpes is pretty common in the U.S. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 McGrath said it is recommended to treat genital herpes with a drug known as Valtrex, which can be prescribed for short-term treatments. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 Most people with genital herpes are not aware, having never had symptoms. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of genital herpes

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of genital herpes was in 1877

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Medical Definition of genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type affecting the genitals

called also herpes genitalis

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