Many people are not aware that cold sores or fever blisters are the symptoms of oral herpes. That's why people with oral herpes often unknowingly transmit their cold sores to their partner's genitals during oral sex. Ironically, the person with cold sores may even unfairly blame their partner for getting infected. They may not realize they are the source of their partner's infection. Oral herpes and genital herpes are misleading names. However, the truth is that either virus can infect either location.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 HSV-1 is more commonly associated with oral herpes, and HSV-2 is typically associated with genital herpes. However, both strains can cause oral herpes if your mouth comes into contact with the virus, and both strains can cause genital herpes as well. Learn more about HSV-1 and HSV-2 so you can better understand how transmission happens and what you can do to protect yourself and your partner. HSV-1 is often referred to as oral herpes because it usually causes sores around the mouth, nose, cheeks, and chin.
Basic Fact Sheet Detailed Version. Basic fact sheets are presented in plain language for individuals with general questions about sexually transmitted diseases. The content here can be syndicated added to your web site. Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses. Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 and can result in cold sores or fever blisters on or around the mouth.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease STD. There's no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help control the infection. STDs also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs are infections that spread through sex vaginal, oral, or anal or close sexual contact. Most people with genital herpes don't have any symptoms.