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Can I get genital herpes down there if I have a cold sore?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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In brief: Yes.

If you scratch your cold sore and then scratch your genital area, it is possible to develop herpes lesions in the vaginal area too.
It used to be thought that type 1 herpes only occurred above the waist while type 2 occurred only below the waist, but it turns out that you can get either type in either location - or any other location on the body, for that matter.

In brief: Yes.

If you scratch your cold sore and then scratch your genital area, it is possible to develop herpes lesions in the vaginal area too.
It used to be thought that type 1 herpes only occurred above the waist while type 2 occurred only below the waist, but it turns out that you can get either type in either location - or any other location on the body, for that matter.
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