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Types of Herpes: Oral Herpes, Genital Herpes

Herpes simplex viruses tend to occur on the oral (oral herpes) or genital area (genital herpes). At the initial phase of the infection, the viruses remain unnoticed. Then from time to time, they appear by breakouts.   

Oral herpes simplex - Labial herpes, also called fever blisters or cold sores, is most often caused by Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV1). About 70% of adults in the US have been affected with this virus. At the initial stage of the infection, herpes labial is asymptomatic in about 90% of cases, and usually occurs in childhood. The sores are generally developed on the edge of the lip or mouth, causing pain, burning or itching. In some individuals, the blisters can appear on the lower face area: chin, around the nose, nostril, and cheeks. Those symptoms, most of times, disappear in 8 to 10 days.   

Genital herpes, caused by herpes simplex virus 2, is a sexually transmitted disease that spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals. Due to Its frequency, genital herpes becomes a major health problem throughout the world. The disease affects people in all radial and social groups.  

The outbreaks mostly appear in: 

  • Anus (men and women) 
  • Scrotum (men)  
  • Shaft and head of the penis (men) 
  • Cervix (women) 
  • Inner thighs (men and women) 
  • Labia (women) 
  • Vagina (women) 
  • Mouth (men and women) 


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