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Lawndale, CA
A 20-year-old female asked:

I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. is it normal to have both outbreaks? i am diagnosed with genital herpes

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Probably coincidence: Most likely it's just a coincidence that both your herpes infections have had outbreaks at the same time. However, oral herpes outbreaks often are triggered by other viral infections (hence the names cold sore, fever blister). Genital HSV2 outbreaks usually have no obvious trigger, but it could happen that something has triggered both simultaneously.

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