30-50 million Americans have genital herpes, according to a recent estimate. It can also occur on the mouth of victims, just as Type 1 can turn up in the sex organs, spread by oral-genital contact. Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1) Causes. I found out today that I have antibodies for herpes 1 (oral). No cold sores.
If the primary (initial) oral infection causes symptoms, they can be very painful, particularly in small children. Pregnant women who have genital herpes due to either herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) or herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) have an increased risk for miscarriage, premature labor, inhibited fetal growth, or transmission of the herpes infection to the infant either in the uterus or at the time of delivery. Cold sores are caused by a common herpes virus. Herpes simplex: After clearing, herpes simplex sores can return. When the sores return, the outbreak tends to be milder than the first outbreak. Oral herpes. Mouth herpes. No Kissing. Cold sores are spread by getting up-close and personal. At any stage of an outbreak, when you kiss your loved ones, especially on the mouth, you’re very likely to pass on the virus. And remember, though not as common, cold sores can spread to other parts of the body, too. GET SOCIAL. Twitter.
Kissing and oral-genital sex can spread HSV-1. In people who have healthy immune systems, a herpes flare-up usually lasts a few weeks. Cold sores, or fever blisters, are fluid-filled blisters that appear on or around the lips and sometimes on the nostrils or chin. There are over-the-counter and prescription topical creams and oral medications available that can help reduce the lifespan of a cold sore.