A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition.
Genital herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women than in men, and the infection is more easily transmitted from men to women. The risk is highest among adolescents and young adults who are more likely to take risks with their sexual behavior.
The most important risk factor for genital herpes infection is the number of sexual partners in a person’s lifetime. Other factors that may increase your chance of genital herpes include:
Sexual contact with a person who is infected with genital herpes
Multiple or frequent changes in sex partners
Inconsistent or incorrect condom use—latex condom use helps prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
or other conditions that weaken the immune system
Sexual activity at an early age
For people with no or mild symptoms, genital herpes can't be seen, so you can't tell if someone has it. Since most people are unaware they are infected, gential herpes can get transmitted from person to person without their knowledge.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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