genital herpes


: herpes simplex of the type typically affecting the genitalia

Examples of genital herpes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another 491 million people ages 15 to 49 have HSV-type 2, which mainly causes genital herpes, WHO data shows. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 Herpes is common in the U.S.; about 12% of adults in the country have HSV-2, the virus that causes most cases of genital herpes, according to CDC data, and about half of all adults have HSV-1, which mostly causes oral herpes but can also cause genital herpes. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 21 Apr. 2021 However, genital herpes can often present in confusing ways so don't hesitate to talk to your doctor if you're concerned, per Dr. Hansen. Ashley Martens, Women's Health, 18 Aug. 2023 Valacyclovir is commonly used to prevent or treat genital herpes during pregnancy. Laura Gibson, The Conversation, 31 May 2023 Xavien Howard never had genital herpes in the first place; the entire basis of her lawsuit was a literal impossibility. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2023 Constipation and an inability to empty the bladder are rare, but not unheard of, complaints from patients who acquire a genital herpes infection. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2016 All together, half a billion people have genital herpes, whether caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 Feb. 2016 At least two of the victims were raped, according to the lawsuit, including one who suffered physical injuries at the time and contracted genital herpes. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of genital herpes was in 1877

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“Genital herpes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type typically affecting the genitalia

Medical Definition

genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type affecting the genitals

called also herpes genitalis

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