Does herpes affect your organs?

Herpes can affect different body parts, including the skin, eyes, mouth, and genital area, but it does not typically affect internal organs.

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) can cause outbreaks on the skin or mucous membranes, such as the mouth, eyes, or genital area. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe infections, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or neonatal herpes (a potentially life-threatening condition in newborns).

However, in general, herpes does not affect internal organs. It is important to note that individuals with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV/AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, may be at increased risk of more severe herpes infections.

Suppose you have herpes or are concerned about its effects on your health. In that case, you must talk to your healthcare provider, who can provide information and treatment options to help manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission to others.