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 +(1) Herpes simplex type 1: A herpes virus that causes cold sores and fever blisters in and around the mouth. ​ In rare cases, as when someone'​s [[immune system]] is severely compromised,​ this [[virus]] can cause [[infection]] of the brain (encephalitis).
  
 +Herpes simplex type 1 is also known as human herpesvirus 1 (HHV-1).
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 +Common Misspellings:​ herpies simplex type 1 
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 +(2) There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (HSV). HSV type 2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes. You can get HSV type 2 during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. The infection causes painful sores on the genitals in both men and women. HSV type 1 is the herpes virus that is usually responsible for cold sores of the mouth, the so-called "fever blisters."​ You get HSV-1 by coming into contact with the saliva of an infected person. ​
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 +However, HSV type 1 can cause genital herpes, usually caused by oral-genital sexual contact with a person who has the oral HSV-1 infection, and HSV type 2 can cause cold sores. ​
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 +**In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population are infected with herpes simplex virus.** ​
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