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A 18-year-old female asked:

I get cold sores but not often , i'm more than sure it came from kissing . i haven't had oral sex. is it hsv1 or hsv 2?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
HSV-1: Cold sores or labial herpes is typically caused by HSV-1. It is probably acquired early in childhood and can be found in a very high percentage of individuals.
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Dr. Kashif Abdullah
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Likely HSV1: Cold sores are extremely common. The most common type is from HSV1. HSV1 can easily be spread by kissing. Sometimes people without cold sores can actively be shedding virus and can easily spread it to other without even knowing it.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
HSV1: Almost certainly HSV1. Oral HSV2 is rare except in people who also have obvious genital herpes, and not common even in them.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
you do not know when or how you became colonized by this virus which exists in most people by adolescence
Jan 25, 2016

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Last updated Jan 25, 2016

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