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:

Herpes Basics

Getting Tested for Herpes

Herpes in the News

External Links

  • Herpes Disease Information
    CDC overview of herpes: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Information To Live By: Herpes
    American Social Health Association overview of herpes: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention and treatment. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • STD Treatment Guidelines
    CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • STD Image Library
    Image library of STD symptoms developed by the CDC. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • 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)
    Attention: Non-MDH link

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Updated Tuesday, 13-May-2014 10:24:50 CDT