Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Is HSV-2 more dangerous than HSV-1?
Is Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) more dangerous than Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1)?
The answer is No.
The difference between each type of herpes simplex virus is primarily where it decides to infect the mucus areas of the body which are most commonly mouth and genitals. The blueprint (dna) of the virus are pretty much identical but where each virus type lays dormant determines which type of herpes virus you are carrying.
If you are experiencing outbreaks on upper region of your body like face or lip chances are the virus is in nerve cells near your ear. This is HSV -1.
If you are experiencing outbreaks on the lower region of your body like the genital area, buttocks or legs chances are the virus is in the nerve cells at the base of your spine. This is HSV-2.
However, you can acquire either type and experience symptoms in all areas of the body if you have received or performed oral sex. The outbreaks will manifest the same.
What you should be careful about is not to spread the virus to your eyes which is called ocular herpes. Be careful if you have an outbreak to keep clean hands when touching your face.
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