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Causes of Genital herpes

List of causes of Genital herpes

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Genital herpes) that could possibly cause Genital herpes includes:

  • HSV type 1 - though less common than HSV type 2, the HSV-1 virus from cold sores can also cause genital herpes.

Primary Cause of Genital herpes

The primary cause of Genital herpes is the result:

  • of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

Genital herpes Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Genital herpes:

Race Patterns for Genital herpes Causes:

Racial Details for Genital herpes: HSV-2 infection also is more common in blacks (45.9%) than in whites (17.6%). (Source: excerpt from Genital Herpes: DSTD) ...more »

Genital herpes Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender Profile of Genital herpes: HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out... (Source: excerpt from Genital Herpes: DSTD) ...more »

Genital herpes: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Genital herpes, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Genital herpes:

Genital herpes: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Genital herpes: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Genital herpes?

Causes: Genital herpes: Genital herpes is caused by two viruses, herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2, which can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals. HSV-1 is the same virus that causes cold sore on the mouth. It can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex and result in genital herpes.

HSV-1 and HSV-2 are present in visible sores, rashes, or blisters and are spread through skin-to-skin contact with the affected areas. Current research points to the possibility that genital herpes can also be spread when no visible symptoms, such as sores, are present. Before visible symptoms develop, there are often sensations of pain, burning, iching or tingling in the affected area.

Only a thorough evaluation by a qualified health care professional can determine what is causing your particular symptoms and make a diagnosis of genital herpes.
Article excerpts about the causes of Genital herpes:
Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is having a herpes “outbreak.” This outbreak means that HSV is active. When active, the virus usually causes visible sores in the genital area. The sores cast off (shed) viruses that can infect another person. Sometimes, however, a person can have an outbreak and have no visible sores at all. People often get genital herpes by having sexual contact with others who don’t know they are infected or who are having outbreaks of herpes without any sores.

A person with genital herpes also can infect a sexual partner during oral sex. The virus is spread only rarely, if at all, by touching objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub. (Source: excerpt from Genital Herpes, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

What triggers Genital herpes?

The following conditions are listed as possible triggers for Genital herpes:

Medical news summaries relating to Genital herpes:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Genital herpes:

Related information on causes of Genital herpes:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Genital herpes may be found in:


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