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Most people know the usual forms of the disease such as lip or genital herpes. The fact that herpes can show many other manifestations is hardly known. And there are also so many prejudices and half-truths about the first-named forms of herpes that in this case a comprehensive explanation is really necessary.
First, one must basically distinguish between two different forms of the herpes virus. They are called "Herpes Simplex Virus 1" or "Herpes Simplex Virus 2" - abbreviated HSV-1 and HSV-2. The two virus usually are very similar, but the difference is how the viruses are transmitted. While the HSV-1 virus can already be transmitted through direct skin contact or a light salivary contact, it requires a much narrower mucosa contact for the transmission of the HSV-2 virus. In the case of superficial skin contact, the HSV-2 virus can not be transmitted.
For both herpes viruses, however, the following is true: once the organism is infected with such a virus, it will carry it with it for a lifetime. The infection with herpes viruses is not noticed by many people at all, an outbreak of the disease can then take place either immediately or at any later time.
It is also very easy to see which herpes virus is responsible for the most common form of herpes - the Cold Sore - by means of the transmission pathways. This is the HSV-1 virus, which can be transmitted with light skin contact. It is therefore completely sufficient to kiss a person who is already the carrier of the HSV-1 virus easily on the mouth, so that the viruses are transmitted. Experts suggest that more than 40% of the population in some cases suffer from an outbreak of Cold Sores.