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If I have genital herpes, could I be immune to oral herpes?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
All forms of herpes are caused by a virus that lies latent in the body until it decides to cause external lesions.
Once you have the virus it remains in the body and the strength of your immune system plays a role in whether you will exhibit lesions or not. Having one kind does not keep you from having another and actually makes you more likely to have breakouts in multiple areas.

In brief: No
All forms of herpes are caused by a virus that lies latent in the body until it decides to cause external lesions.
Once you have the virus it remains in the body and the strength of your immune system plays a role in whether you will exhibit lesions or not. Having one kind does not keep you from having another and actually makes you more likely to have breakouts in multiple areas.
Dr. Malinda Linn
Dr. Malinda Linn
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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry
In brief: No
No, they are two different strains of the same virus, getting one does not mean you are immune to the other, and getting one does not mean you have the other.

In brief: No
No, they are two different strains of the same virus, getting one does not mean you are immune to the other, and getting one does not mean you have the other.
Dr. Jay Kansal
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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology
In brief: Yes
There are several types of herpes viruses.
Classically type 1 causes oral herpes or cold sores and type 2 causes genital herpes. With the sexual habits of today, type 1 could also cause genital herpes. A blood test to see if you have antibodies to type 1 or 2 can be done. Many people have the antibodies, but have never had an outbreak that they are aware of.

In brief: Yes
There are several types of herpes viruses.
Classically type 1 causes oral herpes or cold sores and type 2 causes genital herpes. With the sexual habits of today, type 1 could also cause genital herpes. A blood test to see if you have antibodies to type 1 or 2 can be done. Many people have the antibodies, but have never had an outbreak that they are aware of.
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Dr. Vicki Levine
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