genital herpes


Definition of genital herpes 

: herpes simplex of the type typically affecting the genitalia

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Instead, talk to your doctor about treating oral or genital herpes outbreaks with prescription antiviral medications such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, Dr. Finney says. Krissy Brady, SELF, "What Tea Tree Oil Can and Can’t Do for Your Skin," 4 Oct. 2018 The trials found that in people who had genital herpes, the vaccine was able to reduce viral shedding. Becky Little, Smithsonian, "Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?," 23 Mar. 2018 An October 2016 news release from Rational Vaccines reported on the use of the vaccine on patients with recurrent genital herpes in a clinical trial carried out by Halford. Susan Scutti, CNN, "FDA investigating unauthorized herpes vaccine research, report says," 23 Apr. 2018 Symptoms of genital herpes include painful blisters and sores and pain when urinating. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Criminal charge is unlikely for Isaac Haas in STD allegation, legal expert says," 13 Apr. 2018 With genital herpes, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 hunker down next to your spine in the dorsal root ganglia. Becky Little, Smithsonian, "Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?," 23 Mar. 2018 And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one in six people from 14 to 49 have genital herpes, which is primarily caused by HSV-2 infection. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Breaking Down the Differences Between Oral and Genital Herpes, aka HSV-1 and HSV-2," 17 Mar. 2018 About 12 percent of people aged 14 to 49 have HSV-2, known widely as genital herpes. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Half of Americans have cold sore virus; 12 percent genital herpes," 7 Feb. 2018 There is no cure for herpes, but antiviral medicines can help to reduce the severity and duration of outbreaks of both oral and genital herpes. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Herpes Is Slowly Retreating, but the Infection Remains Common," 9 Feb. 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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