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Hi ladies and gentlemen!

To cut the chase, I've been recently diagnosed with genital herpes, which is lovely I think you'll agree. This just goes to show, and prove (to anyone reading this in doubt) it only takes ONE time without a condom (ever in my case) to get something nasty. Anyway. I've been reading up on herpes as my clinic wasn't exactly helpful on the situation. I know there are two types of herpes. Oral and genital. I know that they are two different strains of herpes, because they could tell from my exam (they didn't touch my mouth) that I didn't have oral herpes. I also know you can spread herpes from genital to oral contact. But how? If you spread it from genital to oral, would it mutate in to the other strain of herpes? Or would it still be the same strain as the genital and come up clear for oral on a pelvic exam? I'm very confused!


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Check out STI File: Herpes Simplex
for info on the two types of herpes virus:

There are two types of the Herpes Simplex Virus: Simplex I and Simplex II. Simplex I usually infects the mouth (cold sores are Herpes Simplex I) , and Simplex II usually infects the genitals. However, both types can be transmitted sexually (through kissing and oral sex as well as through skin and genital contact), and HS I is not limited to the mouth area. It can also sometimes cause genital-area or anal-area lesions.

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Nevermind. I added something that had already been covered in the first reply.

[This message has been edited by tiptoe (edited 05-15-2003).]

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