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what type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Both types: Herpes simplex type1 and type 2 can both cause genital herpes. Both types of herpes virus can also cause oral herpes. However, type 2 is most common in genital herpes.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented.

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What are the differences between herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?

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Usually location: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.

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