* Please note that most treatment modalities listed below are based on conventional medicine. Lots of people seem to assume that any herpes on the genitals is automatically hsv-2, because 2 refers to the genitals or something. Cold sores are VERY common among most ppl and you should not be ashamed in the least. According to Alternative Medicine, compiled by the Burton Goldberg Group, cold and flu viruses are the most common afflictions attacking the body’s upper respiratory tract, with 40% of the U.S. HSV is one of the most difficult viruses to control and has plagued mankind for thousands of years. You are extremely unlikely to get hsv-1 on the genitals if you already have it on the mouth. And I speak as one who has a spouse with cold sores (I don’t have them), and aunt, and several friends.
Best defense: build and maintain a strong immune system. Although the general rule has been to assume that HSV-1 infections occur in the oral cavity and are not sexually transmitted, while HSV-2 attacks the genital area and is sexually transmitted, it is now widely accepted that either type can be found in either area and at other sites. That is a good thing, believe me. Good news: Mouth herpes infections on the genitals *usually* don’t lead to persistent genital infections. Viruses also find a fertile breeding ground among young children. Scientists are close to decoding the genetic structure of HSV and to discovering how the virus works its way into specific cells.