Millions of Canadian men and women have genital herpes - an infectious, sexually transmitted virus. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus; there are two types of this virus and genital herpes is usually caused by type 2 (known as HSV-2).
In 1994, 22% of all people over 12 years of age in the USA were infected with HSV-2.
The disease is usually transmitted by sexual intercourse, with the virus passing from the infected partner via the skin, vagina, penis, or anus.
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