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Genital herpes causes and diagnosis

Causes of genital herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection spread by skin-to-skin contact, usually during genital or oral sex, with someone who has the virus. It can also be spread through kissing, foreplay or non-penetrative sex.  However you cannot get genital herpes from things like hugging, swimming pools or toilet seats.

Diagnosis of genital herpes

Your doctor will take a swab from a blister or sore to check for herpes simplex virus. It is best if the blister is less than 4 days old.

Last reviewed: June 2017

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