Children's Health and Wellness

How Much Do You Know About Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. About 1 in 6 teens and adults has genital herpes, according to the CDC. Find out more about genital herpes by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC.

1. How many types of herpes simplex virus are there?
A. 1B. 2C. 3D. 4
2. Besides the genital area and the mouth, where else can HSV sores occasionally appear?
A. HandsB. FeetC. TrunkD. All of the above
3. How is the virus passed from person to person?
A. Through the airB. Through sexual intercourseC. On dirty toilet seatsD. By shaking hands or other casual touch
4. Early symptoms of genital herpes include which of the following?
A. Flulike symptoms including aching muscles, headache, and feverB. Itching or burning sensation where the lesion is about to appearC. Swollen lymph glands in the groin areaD. All of the above
5. When HSV is not active in the body, what happens to it?
A. It lies dormant in the liverB. It lies dormant inside nerve cellsC. It is eliminated from the bodyD. None of the above
6. How often does an outbreak of lesions occur?
A. Once a monthB. Several times a yearC. Once a decadeD. It varies from person to person
7. What should a pregnant woman with HSV do to avoid passing the virus on to her baby?
A. Stay in close contact with her obstetrician during pregnancyB. Be prepared to have a cesarean delivery if an outbreak occurs at the time of laborC. Take an antibioticD. A and B
8. How is genital herpes diagnosed?
A. Physical exam and medical historyB. X-rayC. UltrasoundD. All of the above
9. How is genital herpes treated?
A. With medicationB. With radiationC. With surgeryD. None of the above
10. What should an infected person do during an outbreak?
A. Keep the infected area dry and cleanB. Avoid touching the soresC. Avoid sexual contactD. All of the above
Print Source: Genital herpes simplex virus infection and pregnancy. UptoDate.
Print Source: Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. Cohen, JL. 2009, 7th ed.
Print Source: Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection: Clinical features and diagnosis. UptoDate.
Online Source: Herpes simplex, American Academy of Dermatology
Online Source: Nongenital herpes simplex virus, American Academy of Family Physicians
Online Source: Genital herpes fact sheet, CDC
Online Source: Herpes Simplex Virus infections, Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lentnek, Arnold, MD, FACP
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2016