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    This article is about the virus. For information about the disease caused by the virus, see Herpes simplex.
    Herpes simplex virus
    TEM micrograph of a herpes simplex virus.
    Virus classification
    Group: Group I (dsDNA)
    Family: Herpesviridae
    Subfamily: Alphaherpesvirinae
    Genus: Simplexvirus
    Species

    Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)
    Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)

    Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), also known as Human herpes virus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and -2), are two members of the herpes virus family, Herpesviridae, that infect humans.[1] Both HSV-1 (which produces most cold sores) and HSV-2 (which produces most genital herpes) are ubiquitous and contagious. They can be spread when an infected person is producing and shedding the virus.


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