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what types of herpes are there and is there a difference?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: There are two types of herpes. These are now called type one and type two. 74% of americans have the herpes type one, also known as oral herpes or herpes simplex. Type two is found in 26% of americans and is often called the std or genital herpes. Herpes type two carries more health risks. All sexually active humans should have the herpes screening blood test.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013

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