Causes of Herpes Simplex

The herpes simplex type 1 virus spreads through skin sores or oral secretions during direct contact such as kissing or sharing eating utensils. The herpes simplex type 2 virus spreads through sexual contact with an infected individual. Both types of virus can spread even if the sores are not visible. Pregnant mothers may pass on the herpes simplex virus to their babies during childbirth. In many cases, a herpes outbreak occurs due to the following conditions:

Women are susceptible to genital herpes than men and the virus spreads more easily from men to women. Individuals who have multiple sexual partners are also at a greater risk for developing genital herpes.

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