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Difference Between Oral and Genital Herpes

Oral vs Genital Herpes

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are fast becoming a problem in different countries throughout the world. There has been an alarming increase in the number of individuals who are infected with such conditions, which requires abrupt and direct intervention. Although there are a lot of types of STDs, one common type that you should know about is herpes, because of its ability to infect not only the genitals but the mouth area as well.

Yes, herpes can basically cause you troubles in different parts of your body. The main causative agent for this infection is the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). This nasty virus causes blistering and irritation in the affected area of your body. Furthermore, this virus comes in two types, which will be discussed later on in the article.

But before individuals may feel the symptoms of infection, he or she may already have the virus. This is because the virus can remain dormant and inactive for a time until it causes fever, ulcerations, and itchiness. Because of the fact that herpes may not be readily detected, then the virus can be passed down to another person through sexual contact, or even, through kissing. And bear in mind though that some people may remain infected throughout his or her lifetime.

Now here lies the difference. Herpes can be in the form of oral herpes. In this condition, the mouth area and surrounding areas in the face are affected. This form of herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus- type 1 (HSV type 1). It is a different strain of the virus that specializes and can infect the cells of the mouth and face. As what I have pointed out, oral herpes is transmitted when an infected person comes in oral contact with another person. Blistering and ulcerations in the mouth area are the usual signs and symptoms.

On the other hand, genital herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus- type 2 (HSV type 2). This type of virus affects the cells in the genital area, and even the anal area in some causes. Although it exhibits similar symptoms as that of oral herpes, this can be a little bit serious since constant irritation can cause a burning sensation in the affected area. Furthermore, because it can lie dormant, an infected person may not know it is present, making a higher chance to infect others through sexual or anal contact.

You can read further or ask a doctor for more information, since this article provides basic information only.


1. Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease that causes blistering and ulcerations in the affected area. Individuals may be infected through sexual or skin contact.

2. Oral herpes is caused by the HSV-type 1. This affects the mouth and surrounding areas causing blisters and ulcerations.

3. Genital herpes is caused by the HSV-type 2 causing irritation, pain, and ulcerations in the genital and anal area.

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