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Herpes Simplex Pictures


Updated November 04, 2010

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There are two types of herpes viruses - Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). A herpes virus infection is more common than you think - 85% of the world has been infected with at least one type. In the past HSV-1 infections occured in the mouth and HSV-2 infections occured in the genital area, but now either type of virus can infect either site. HSV infections can also occur throughout the body, often on the finger. This gallery shows pictures of various rashes caused by the herpes virus. *Please note - there are pictures of genital lesions in this gallery. I have tried to crop these and present them in a clinical manner, but for some people, they may be offensive.

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