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.

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What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

Genital lesions... ...Tend to be somewhat larger; other than that, the "dew drops on a rose petal" appearance is the same. Read more...

If you get cold sores, should you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?

HV 1 or 2 ? 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...

Can herpes that causes innocent oral fever blisters & cold sores be sexually transited to someone else as genital herpes?

Herpes - HSV1 & HSV2. Yes - unfortunately there can be cross over between the 2 different types of herpes. These viruses are always adapting and looking for 'new opportunities' and although traditionally, HSV-1 kept to the mouth/nose and HSV-2 kept to the genital tract, there can be 'back and forth' transmission of these viruses in susceptible patients. This is a reminder to keep ALL safe sex practices in mind! Read more...

Neither of us had cold sores before. I got one 2 days ago. I preformed oral sex, then we had sex. Chances of genital herpes?!

Herpes. I think it sounds like you need a whole lesson on herpes. You are confusing too much information. First 90% of people infected with herpes viruses have no outbreaks but can still be contagious through a process known as viral shedding. Every human should get the blood tests to determine infection. F you have oral herpes, then you are 90% likely to have herpes type one, or herpes simplex. Read more...