Can You Get Genital Herpes From Kissing?

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Article updated and reviewed by David Aronoff, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School on May 9, 2005.

herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

There are two types of HSV, HSV-1 and HSV-2.

HSV-1 is usually responsible for cold sores (fever blisters) of the lips and mouth.

HSV-2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes. The infection causes painful, ulcerative sores on the...

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