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How is herpes spread?

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The virus that causes oral herpes (HSV-1) is usually passed by kissing. It can also spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. If this happens, it becomes genital herpes.

The virus that typically causes genital herpes (HSV-2) is most often passed by vaginal sex and anal sex. But HSV-2 can pass from one person's genitals to another person's mouth, resulting in oral herpes.

HSV-2 can't survive long on a non-living surface, so there's no real chance of getting it from a toilet seat or hot tub.

From: The Basics About Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "More Genital Herpes From Cold Sore Virus." Fleming, et al. , Oct. 16, 1997. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  WebMD Medical News: "More Genital Herpes From Cold Sore Virus." Fleming, et al. , Oct. 16, 1997. American Social Health Association's National Herpes Resource Center. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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