Asked in Viruses (biological)
Who discovered herpes simplex virus?
Asked in HIV and AIDS, Doctors
Are herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 the same virus?
Is genital herpes a viral STD?
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Symptoms, Cold Sores
What is Herpes Simplex Virus?
Herpes is a contagious infection that's caused by the herpes simplex virus. One type of the virus - herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) - can lead to cold sores around the mouth. An infection of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) can lead to genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease that causes blisters and pain in the genital area.
Asked in Immune System, Cold Sores
How does herpes simplex differ from the herpes antibodies?
Asked in Health, Conditions and Diseases, Cold Sores
Are cold sores caused by virus or bacteria?
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. No doubt you've heard of "herpes" before, but don't jump ahead of yourself. There are actually two types of herpes simplex virus, "type 1" and "type 2." Type 1 herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex virus type 1 ("HSV1") generally only infects those body tissues that lie "above the waistline" and it is HSV1 that causes cold sores in the majority of cases. Type 2 herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex virus type 2 ("HSV2") usually only infects those body tissues that lie "below the waistline" and it is this virus that is also known as "genital herpes." Herpes simplex virus type 2 is not usually the virus that causes cold sores, although it can.
Is herpes simplex the same as genital herpes?