A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition.
Genital herpes is more common in women than in men, and the infection is more easily transmitted from men to women. The risk is highest among adolescents and young adults who are more likely to take risks with their sexual behavior.
The most important risk factor for genital herpes infection is the number of sexual partners in a person’s lifetime. Other factors that may increase your chance of genital herpes include: Sexual contact with a person who is infected with genital herpesMultiple or frequent changes in sex partners
Inconsistent or incorrect
condom use—latex condom use helps prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
sexually transmitted diseases
or other conditions that weaken the immune system
Sexual activity at an early age
For people with no or mild symptoms, genital herpes can't be seen, so you can't tell if someone has it. Since most people are unaware they are infected, genital herpes can get transmitted from person to person without their knowledge.
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Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD
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