I'm just curious...if someone has genital herpes can that certain type spread to someone's mouth? Can HSV 2 cause HSV 1? And is there a difference between the cold sores if one is caused by HSV 2 and one is caused by HSV 1? I've researched that if you get genital herpes the virus stays in the body forever, is this Also the case for cold sores? Or is it only the case for cold stress of it was caused by HSV 2? E.g if someone has genital herpes and then someone gives them oral, if they get a cold sore, will that virus stay in their body forever? Also, my boyfriend has like really small white dots underneath his foreskin. They aren't painful and I think they've always been there. He's only ever had one other sexual partner and he's never had sex without a condom and he's never received oral or done anal sex. Thanks in advance
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Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 and can result in cold sores or fever blisters on or around the mouth. However, most people do not have any symptoms. Most people with oral herpes were infected during childhood or young adulthood from non-sexual contact with saliva.
Oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can be spread from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex. This is why some cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-1.
Most people who have genital herpes have no symptoms, or have very mild symptoms. You may not notice mild symptoms or you may mistake them for another skin condition, such as a pimple or ingrown hair. Because of this, most people who have herpes do not know it.
Herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take a week or more to heal. These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.” The first time someone has an outbreak they may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands.
People who experience an initial outbreak of herpes can have repeated outbreaks, especially if they are infected with HSV-2. Repeat outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe than the first outbreak. Although the infection stays in the body for the rest of your life, the number of outbreaks may decrease over time.
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