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Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

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Dr. Erinn Huffman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Different Viruses

Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family.
They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes.

In brief: Different Viruses

Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family.
They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes.
Dr. Erinn Huffman
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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Most of the time HSV type 1 affects oral mucosa, and HSV type 2 genitalia. Like described above both can also be found affecting the other part of the body.
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