What is herpes simplex type 2?

Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV2) is a common STD that can infect men and women. HSV2 is a virus that causes genital herpes. Approximately one out of six people aged 14 to 19 years have genital herpes.

How is herpes simplex type 2 spread?

Herpes simplex type 2 can be spread via oral, anal, and vaginal sexual intercourse with someone who is infected with the virus. Fluids in a herpes sore carry the virus, and any contact with these fluids can cause infection, although the virus can be spread by a partner who has no signs.

Am I at risk for herpes simplex type 2?

Anyone who shares or reuses needles, syringes or any other equipment to prepare and inject drugs, or anyone who has rough sex with multiple partners.

What are the symptoms of herpes simplex type 2?

Herpes simplex type 2 can lead to painful blisters that can last for two to six weeks and appear around the mouth, genitals, and anus. The first time someone has an outbreak they might also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches or swollen glands.

What is the testing window for herpes simplex type 2?

The testing window for herpes simplex type 2 is 2-16 weeks.