Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus
Herpes is an infection caused by two different but closely related viruses — herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or cold sores and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) or genital herpes. Both are easy to catch. They have similar symptoms (blisters or sores) and both can occur on different parts of the body. When the infection is on the mouth, it is called oral herpes. When it is on or near the sex organs, it is called genital herpes. There is no cure for herpes. Treatments are available to speed up the healing of the genital sores.
For more information on symptoms of herpes, how it is spread, how it is treated, how it is prevented and how many cases have occurred in Minnesota, see below:
- STD Facts: Herpes
MDH overview of herpes: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment. (Download PDF versions below, formatted for print)
- Genital Herpes
This brochure provides the basics about the transmission, recognition, prevention and treatment of genital herpes. The brochure may be downloaded for duplication purposes.
- Programs to Prevent
and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases:
Minnesota Statute § 121A.23 for STD/HIV Education in Schools
Statute requiring HIV and STD education to be provided in the classroom within Minnesota's school districts.
Herpes in the News
- National STD Awareness
Tip sheets on how to plan activities for National STD Awareness Month developed by the MDH.
- CDC: Herpes
CDC overview of herpes: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment.
- ASHA: Information To
Live By: Herpes
American Social Health Association overview of herpes: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment
- CDC: STD Treatment
CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs.
- STD Image Library
Image library of STD symptoms developed by the CDC.
- Minnesota Family Planning
and STD Hotline
Toll-free hotline for confidential information about the prevention, testing locations and treatment of STDs in Minnesota. (1-800-78-FACTS)
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