My guess would be the reason people with genetal herpes has such a bad rap is because its taboo to talk about those areas and it IS a sexually transmitted disease.. (USUALLY). And there are a FEW people with it who could care less about spreading it... (Misery loves company) And those few have turned it into a bad rap for everyone else. Where as an estimated 50 to 80% of Americans or more of the population has oral herpes, cold sores, fever blisters, call it what you like. you have herpes (HSV-1) :)
Herpes simplex viruses are categorized into two types: type 1 (HSV-1 or oral herpes) and type 2 (HSV-2 or genital herpes). Most commonly, HSV-1 causes sores (sometimes called "fever blisters" or "cold sores") around the mouth and lips. HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2. In HSV-2, the infected person may have sores around the genitals or rectum. Although HSV-2 sores may occur in other locations, these sores usually are found below the waist.
Herpes simplex viruses are also responsible for causing chickenpox and shingles. Varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family, is the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.
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