Cold Sores And Genital Herpes – Fact About Cold Sores And Genital Herpes And How To Treat Them
Hsv-1 is the virus that causes most cold sores . It ‘prefers’ the mouth. It is happy to infect the genitals – herpes is opportunistic – but it is less infectious once there than when it is on the mouth. Far from being a ‘different’ strain that cannot cause genital herpes, due to the popularity of oral sex and how common oral hsv-1 is, hsv-1 now also causes 50-70% of genital herpes infections!
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When you have a cold sore is the most infectious time , and this most infectious period lasts from the very first warning signs before the cold sore appears – often several days before the sore – to at least five days after it has healed. However, just as with genital herpes, it doesn’t take a cold sore to spread oral herpes to the genitals. Oral herpes is infectious about 10% of the time when the person infected does NOT have a cold sore.