Can herpes be cancerous?


Herpes itself is not cancerous, but certain strains of herpes viruses have been linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common virus that can cause oral or genital herpes. While HSV infections are not typically associated with cancer, they can cause lesions or sores that may increase the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), some of which are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

The human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8), also known as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), is a herpesvirus that has been linked to the development of Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects people with weakened immune systems. HHV-8 has also been linked to certain types of lymphomas.

In conclusion, while herpes itself is not cancerous, some strains of herpes viruses may increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer. It’s important to practice safe sex and get regular STI screenings to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading herpes and other STIs.

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