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Living Successfully with Herpes

Herpes is a common, contagious viral disease that appears in several forms, including oral herpes which is caused by herpes simplex type 1 and genital herpes most often caused by herpes simplex type 2. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. The most common symptom of the virus is the development of blisters or bumps on the skin which are tender to the touch and may burn or itch. Learning to live well and successfully with herpes depends upon education, managing the disease and coping with outbreaks.