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How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Not easy
I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas.
The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types 1 & 2 is by isolating the virus from lesions or secretions and testing it to see which it is. Using antibody testing can be very inaccurate because of the overlap due to nonspecific antibodies.

In brief: Not easy
I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas.
The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types 1 & 2 is by isolating the virus from lesions or secretions and testing it to see which it is. Using antibody testing can be very inaccurate because of the overlap due to nonspecific antibodies.
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