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Herpes simplex virus type 2 symptoms (genital herpes)

Location of genital herpes in men and women, with close-up of blisters

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) can cause groups of small blisters or sores that usually occur on or around the genitals or the anus. This is called genital herpes. In men, genital herpes often appears on the shaft of the penis. In women, it often appears around the opening of the vagina. The sores may be itchy or painful.

Current as of: February 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology