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8 Types of Herpes Virus & Infections

The herpes simplex virus or HSV is the main cause of herpes, an infection in humans that would show up in different body parts. Some commonly affected areas include genitals and mouth. Herpes virus is widely contagious as it can be transmitted from person to person. While there are up to 100 known strains, only eight forms can infect humans. Read on to learn more these types and their specific infections.

Herpes Simplex Virus 1 – HSV-1

Herpes simplex virus 1 is one of the most common strains. It mostly triggers oral herpes and is often responsible for fever blisters and cold sores on the face and around the mouth. HSV-1 could be contracted from general interaction between people, such as kissing, sharing the same objects or eating from the same utensils. The virus would spread more quickly if infected people are experiencing an outbreak. The oral-genital contact can also be a possible way of transmitting HSV-1. Thus, it is important to protect yourself during sexual intercourses, especially with oral sex. [1]