Genital Herpes simplex

Genital herpes is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two HSV types: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 is most commonly associated with genital infection. Type 1 has also been found to cause genital infection but is more commonly associated with oral herpes (‘cold sores’).

Genital herpes is common in Ireland. It is mostly diagnosed in young women.

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herpes simplex in Ireland graph 2018

Last updated: 21 December 2021