Risk Factors for Genital Herpes
- Having a partner who is infected with genital herpes.
- Having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
- Having multiple sexual partners.
- Becoming sexually active at a young age.
- If your partner has a cold sore and performs oral sex, you can get genital herpes.
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- Reviewer: David Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -
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