This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!
There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II. Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).
Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.
The only way someone can know for sure if they have Herpes is to have a provider take a swab of an active sore. So if someone begins to experience any symptoms (sores or blisters on either the genitals or the mouth) they should see a provider so they can test for it.
It is important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms or dental dams during sexual contact to reduce the risk of STI transmission.
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