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HSV 1 and 2 - what’s the difference?

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I found out last week I have genital herpes, and yesterday got told by my doctor that it’s hsv1. He made out that this was a better outcome and from reading some posts on here other people are saying similar. 

However I’m really uncertain what the difference is, at the end of the day they’re both genital herpes? 

Can someone please educate me on what the differences are in terms of transmission, outbreaks and anything else! 

Also because I have Hsv1 does that mean I’ll get cold sores? Or has it just been infected genitally. 

Any information would be so appreciated! 

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Hi @Cherry27 and welcome!

Here's a helpful article to read to get up to speed on the differences between the strains of herpes:

For help understanding the different shedding rates for the different strains depending on where they present on the body, check out the handouts that come with the free e-book download here:

And here's a video I recorded going over the facts in general, which should be a helpful overview:

And of course if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to let us know! We're here to help clear up any confusion to get you back to living a lovely life. 

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