Q: I have a cold sore. Did I get it from someone with herpes? Will my new partner get it?
A. There are two types of herpes virus strain:
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- Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is also known as oral herpes, cold sores or fever blisters. It generally occurs above the waist.
- Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is also known as genital herpes — and it usually is found below the waist. Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
Many people don’t realize that you can get either virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2) in either area (above or below the waist) through oral-genital sex, self-inoculation, or during sexual contact during an outbreak of this virus.