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Affecting more than one in five adolescents and adults, genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Most people with this condition have no or minimal symptoms. When they do occur, symptoms typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum.
 
The condition is not curable, but herpes outbreaks can be controlled with medication. For many people, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over the years.
 
(For more information, click Genital Herpes. This full-length article offers details on topics such as how it is diagnosed, goals of treatment, and challenges of living with genital herpes.)
 
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