genital herpes


Definition of genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type typically affecting the genitalia

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Recent Examples on the Web Varicella-zoster virus, which causes herpes zoster and chickenpox in children, does not cause genital herpes or cold sores. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No, the COVID-19 vaccines won't give you genital herpes," 7 May 2021 For the record: This is not the same thing as genital herpes or oral herpes; those two conditions are caused by different herpes viruses. Korin Miller,, "A Herpes Infection May Be Linked to the COVID Vaccine—Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic," 21 Apr. 2021 In the United States, more than 1 in 6 people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. cleveland, "Dear Annie: How do I get my unmotivated adult children to move out?," 21 Nov. 2020 Herpes viruses include not only herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 – which cause oral and genital herpes – but also chickenpox. William Petri, The Conversation, "Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles," 31 July 2020 In 2018, at a conference in Austin, the twenty-eight-year-old biohacker Aaron Traywick live-streamed his self-injection of a D.I.Y. treatment for genital herpes. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Rogue Experimenters," 18 May 2020 Most cases of genital herpes involve HSV-2, WHO researchers reported. NBC News, "Herpes virus infects billions of people worldwide. Why isn't there a vaccine yet?," 4 May 2020 Herpes Simplex Virus-2, or genital herpes, can cause blistering sores and ulcers that eventually become scabs. Christina Oehler,, "Is Blue Waffle Disease Real? Here’s What a Gynecologist Says," 23 July 2019 In one study from the University of North Carolina, researchers followed couples (in which one partner had genital herpes) for eight months. Julia Naftulin And Amanda Macmillan,, "Why Herpes Isn't as Bad as You Think (and a Lot More Common)," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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16 May 2021

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“Genital herpes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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genital herpes


Medical Definition of genital herpes

: herpes simplex of the type affecting the genitals

called also herpes genitalis

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