Which clinical history findings are characteristic of genital herpes?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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HSV-2 is identified as the most common cause of herpes genitalis. However, HSV-1 has been increasingly identified as a causative agent of primary genital herpes infections, and these are likely secondary to orogenital contact. HSV-1 accounts for 33% of primary genital herpes infections and is more common in patients younger than 30 years, those of white race, and men who have sex with men. [34] Recurrent genital herpes infections are almost exclusively caused by HSV-2.

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