A 26-year-old female asked:
Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Stephen Scholand answered
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Herpes - HSV1 & HSV2: Yes - unfortunately there can be cross over between the 2 different types of herpes. These viruses are always adapting and looking for 'new opportunities' and although traditionally, HSV-1 kept to the mouth/nose and HSV-2 kept to the genital tract, there can be 'back and forth' transmission of these viruses in susceptible patients. This is a reminder to keep ALL safe sex practices in mind!
Answered on Aug 29, 2019
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