People who experience an initial outbreak of herpes can have repeated outbreaks, especially if they are infected with HSV-2. Repeat outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe than the first outbreak.
Is it possible to have both types of herpes?
It is rare to get the same type of herpes on two different areas of the body. This means that if you have HSV-1 on the mouth, you should not get HSV-1 on the genitals.
Does HSV-2 cause herpes?
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) HSV-2 infection is widespread throughout the world and is almost exclusively sexually transmitted, causing genital herpes. HSV-2 is the main cause of genital herpes, which can also be caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Infection with HSV-2 is lifelong and incurable.
Should I be worried if I have HSV-2?
In most cases, you wont know unless you develop blisters or sores on the mouth or genitals. These sores usually have a burning, tingling sensation. If you think youve been exposed to HSV-2 or would like to know if you carry the virus, talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider about testing.
Can my partner have HSV-2 and I don t?
For example, as long as you dont have herpes sores on your mouth, you can perform oral sex on your partner, including when you have an outbreak of genital symptoms. But your partner can be infected with herpes even when you dont have symptoms or sores.