Herpes is a common term used to indicate diseases caused by a group of similar viruses including varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox, Epstein-Barr virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus that causes immunological disorders and Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) that causes genital and oral infections.
Cause of Infection: There are two different types of Herpes Simplex Virus, namely HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes oral herpes and HSV-2 infection results in formation of blisters around the genitals. Cross-infections can happen among sexual partners having oral-genital relationships.
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