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HSV1 - Can it cause genital herpes
Nov 15, 2000

If a girl giving a man oral sex has HSV1, can the man contract this on his penis? Will he exhibit the same type of symptoms as HSV2?

Response from Mr. Kull

It is possible to transmit oral herpes (generally caused by HSV-1) to a person's genitals (generally caused by HSV-2). You cannot predict if that person will exhibit the same type of symptoms, because infections with these viruses will manifest with some variation from person to person. Most people aren't aware of infection at all. Some STD research literature suggests that HSV-1 tends to have a less severe course than HSV-2 when transmitted to the genital region. But lesions could appear the same.

For more information about this, please refer to Herpes Testing.

RMK



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