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I Get Seasonal Cold Sores Does That Mean I Have Herpes
Herpes: There are two herpes viruses. Most people who get cold sores have herpes type one or herpes simplex. 75% of americans have this infection and most got it as children from other family members. Herpes type two used to be called 'genital' herpes and is thought to be the std virus. But, the confusing part of the story is that either virus can be transmitted to an uninfected individual during sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If you get cold sores do that mean you have herpes even if not sexually active and can u have herpes and never get a cold sore?
Yes yes: Most people get type 1 herpes as children. Some of them get recurring "cold sores" as a result. Most get no symptoms. Mostly they get the virus [it is not any kind of bacteria] from their parents or from other children. This is not often related to sexual activity. Best treatment is from dermatologist, not ENT. When indicated, the pills are very effective and absolutely safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes confuses me. If a couple hasn't been exposed to herpes simplex virus like mostly everyone, then that means they won't ever get cold sores ?
Can you tell me if I have cold sores does that mean i can't have intercourse without spreading the herpes?
Depends: It depends on what type of activity you engage in. Herpes virus is spread from skin to skin.If you don't want to spread it, avoid bringing it into contact with any area that would be at risk.There are a variety of things you can do during sex that share pleasure without exposure. Think it through. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Herpes simplex virus 1 hangs out in the trigeminal ganglion (near the ear). Outbreaks "usually" occur-mouth/face. Hsv 2 usually locates itself in the sacral ganglion (at lower spine). Outbreaks "usually" occur-genital area. The difference is "not always absolute"-either can reside in either or both parts of the body & infect orally/genitally. Viral culture, blood test, PCR can diagnose herpes type. ...Read more
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