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A 45-year-old member asked:

was wondering if you get cold sores does that mean you have genital herpes too?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Having a cold sore: (herpes simplex i) does not mean that you have genital herpes (herpes simplex ii).
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: Nope. Not in any way. There are two types of herpes. They are only truly diagnosed by a blood test. 75% of americans have the herpes type one virus (oral) and 25% of americans have the genital or 'herpes type two' virus. If you have type one before you are exposed to type two you can still get infected with herpes type two. If you get exposed to two first then you cannot get type one.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Could I have genital herpes from cold sores?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
In a word, yes: Most associate type 1 with lesions near the lips and type 2 with genital lesions. However, either type can be found at both locations. Transfer of the germ to a specific site is an active process and germs can be shedding from a site with no visible sores.

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