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

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

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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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If I have cold sores, does it mean that i will have herpes/ genital herpes in the future?

No: Be sure to employ good hand washing after touching the cold sore. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, but you can have it orally and not genitally. ...Read more

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Could I have genital herpes from cold sores?

Could I have genital herpes from cold sores?

In a word, yes: Most associate type 1 with lesions near the lips and type 2 with genital lesions. However, either type can be found at both locations. Transfer of the germ to a specific site is an active process and germs can be shedding from a site with no visible sores. ...Read more

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Can a person's cold sores lead to genital herpes?

Can a person's cold sores lead to genital herpes?

Yes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Genital herpes is usually caused byhsv type 2. However, type 1 can be passed from a cold sore to the genital area through oral- genital sex. Type 1 genital infections are usually less severe than type 2 but are treated the same way. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Will genital herpes be spread to somebody with cold sores?

Herpes Transmission: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) has two types: type i generally infects the mouth and produces "fever blisters". Type ii more commonly is genital. However, performing or receiving oral sex with someone infected with hsv i or ii can result in infection. There are blood tests that can quickly determine if you've been infected with either strain. Antivirals help to reduce shedding and infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

That is possible.: Sometimes herpes type i infection can be spread to genitals. ...Read more

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Can you contract genital herpes from cold sores by touching them?

Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

Primarily location: Herpes simplex virus caises both oral lesions and genital lesions. Type 1 is usually found on the lips or mouth and type 2 in the genital region...But not always, as oral sex can cause either to be transmittedto the other area. ...Read more

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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


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