Herpes simplex virus (HSV) has a vast presence in humans. It has been estimated that up to 80% of humans experience oral herpes infections by the age of ten years old, an acute episode manifesting as infected gums and lips, causing high fevers. A substantial portion of the population has recurrent oral herpes infection, showing up as cold sores on lips and sides of the mouth, and occasionally elsewhere on the face.
Generally, medical people speak of genitally located HSV infections as HSV II, though humans can have either virus in either place. Someone with an HSV I lesion on the mouth can certainly transmit the infection to a significant other through oro-genital contact with the genitalia of the other, causing a recurrent HSV I lesion on the genitalia of the other. Also, other sites of HSV infection can be produced, such as on a finger (the so-called herpetic whitlow) or elsewhere.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF HERPES INFECTIONS EITHER ON THE FACE OR ON THE GENITALIA SHOULD REFRAIN FROM ALLOWING THESE AREAS TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH A SIGNIFICANT OTHER DURING INTIMATE CONTACT.
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