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How is genital herpes spead? Other than having sex

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Any other contact

Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus.
Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips!

In brief: Any other contact

Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus.
Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips!
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