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A 47-year-old member asked:

I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

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Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Other sources: 80-90% of all adults are positive for the antibodies against herpes simplex 1, meaning they have had an active infection sometime in the past. Given these really high numbers for the general population, one does not need to invoke that a blood transfusion that happened as an infant was the cause.
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