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Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Herpes simplex virus type i does infect the genital tract.
As a matter of fact, nearly 60% of neonatal herpes infections (mostly acquired from genital tract during the birth process) have been caused by HSV type i.

In brief: Yes

Herpes simplex virus type i does infect the genital tract.
As a matter of fact, nearly 60% of neonatal herpes infections (mostly acquired from genital tract during the birth process) have been caused by HSV type i.
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips.
Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.

In brief: Yes

Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips.
Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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