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Supposing you get cold sores. Does that mean you have the STD herpes?

Supposing you get cold sores. Does that mean you have the STD 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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Herpes (type 1), it was genital, does this mean i'll get genital sores or just cold sores?

Hepes type 1: Herpes type 1 usually causes cold sores, or fever blisters, but can cause genital herpes.Usually type 1 virus does not like the genital area and chances of it coming back are much less than type2.But there is still a little cance as you just had it. ...Read more

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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 more

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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 ?

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 ?

Herpes: If you have no infection you cannot have the symptoms of the infection. If your blood tests are negative for both types of herpes you do not have the infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have cold sores does that mean i can't have intercourse without spreading the herpes?

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

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If you have cold sores does that mean you have same as genital herpes?

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

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