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Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Herpes - HSV1 & HSV2: Yes - unfortunately there can be cross over between the 2 different types of herpes. These viruses are always adapting and looking for 'new opportunities' and although traditionally, HSV-1 kept to the mouth/nose and HSV-2 kept to the genital tract, there can be 'back and forth' transmission of these viruses in susceptible patients. This is a reminder to keep ALL safe sex practices in mind! ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Is there anything to stop the spread of genital herpes after finding out that the partner had fever blisters?

Is there anything to stop the spread of genital herpes after finding out that the partner had fever blisters?

Confused: Fever blisters are usually referred to herpes labialis (cold sores, caused by hsv, type 1 virus), which is not genital herpes (caused by hsv, type 2 virus). Occasionally HSV 1 virus may be transferred during oral sex to the genitals of the partner of the infected individual, but this is not very common. The best way to prevent spread is to avoid direct contact with the infected body part. ...Read more

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Are fever blisters on genitals the same as herpes?

Are fever blisters on genitals the same as herpes?

Yes: Both genital herpes and fever blisters or herpes labialis are caused by a herpes virus. The type of virus, location and mode of trasmission determines what type of infection one has. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is true that having oral sex with someone when you have a cold sore (fever blister) will give that person genital herpes?

There is potential: For herpes simplex virus 1 to be transmitted to genitalia. Oral sex has potential to transmit a number of sti's. Herpes simplex, hiv, hpv, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis ; hepatitis can be spread via oral sex. ...Read more

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Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Are cold sores and fever blisters caused by herpes simplex 1?

Cold sores - HSV1: Yes - cold sores and fever blisters are the same thing and are most commonly caused by HSV-1. Rarely, HSV-2 can cause oral herpes given the increased practices of oral sex compared with decades ago (i.e. the 1950s). You will note STRESS causes these to come out (for example after a fever from another illness), so best to keep stress levels to an absolute minimum. These are infectious to others BTW ...Read more

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Worried she has herpes virus. Heavy kissing once with someone who has had fever blisters, not then. Want to tell her don't worry, chances are 1 in ?. What chance catching the virus from this 1 time?

Worried she has herpes virus. Heavy kissing once with someone who has had fever blisters, not then. Want to tell her don't worry, chances are 1 in ?. What chance catching the virus from this 1 time?

Don't worry: Worrying will not make any difference. If she has gotten the virus then it's to late to worry about it now. Stress and worrying will only weakens your immune system and that's what the virus is waiting for. Be happy and stop kissing people who have visible cold sores. A little parying my help as well. ...Read more

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I've gotten fever blisters since a kid I know it's herpes right but does that mean every time I get one does that mean I can get Bell's palsy? Panic

I've gotten fever blisters since a kid I know it's herpes right but does that mean every time I get one does that mean I can get Bell's palsy? Panic

Not necessarily: We believe Bell's palsy is secondary to herpes simplex, but this virus is already present in most human bodies in the dorsal root ganglion. Activation causing lip inflammation has little to do with an effect on the facial nerve. If you are in "panic" due to your concerns, best to get some counseling to cope better. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more