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Genital herpes vaccine may soon be available.

Genital herpes vaccine may soon be available.

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Genital herpes is mainly caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) but can also be caused by herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) due to oral sex, the latter recently being increasingly common. Type 1 herpes causes oral herpes associated with cold sores around the mouth. Most people are carriers of the infection and are not exhibiting any symptoms hence unaware that they have been infected. The herpes virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact and can be transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sex. A study done in 1998 indicated that genital herpes is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the number of cases and 1.1 billion people around the world (15.9%) had asymptomatic genital herpes by 2013. The most common symptom is lesions on the genitalia, other symptoms may include pain,...