Genital herpes is a long-term condition caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
After you have become infected, the virus remains dormant (inactive) for most of the time. There are often few or no initial symptoms. However, certain triggers can activate the virus, causing outbreaks of painful blisters on your genitals and the surrounding areas.
There's no cure for genital herpes, but the symptoms can usually be effectively controlled using antiviral medicines.
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