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Germ type: virus
Herpes simplex viruses include type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-2 infection is more likely to cause genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease. While HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes, it is more likely to cause causes infections of the mouth and lips (sometimes referred to as "fever blisters").
Most people contract type 1 infections as a baby/child. Often there are no symptoms with genital herpes; when symptoms do occur, it is typically as one or more blisters in the genital/rectal area. HSV-2 can lead to a potentially fatal infection in a baby. There is no treatment for HSV, although antivirals can help alleviate symptoms and prevent outbreaks.