We asked how often each occurs outside its usual site of preference, and how each behaves in the genital area.We questioned how much immunity having one type orally or genitally provides against getting the second type.While biotin is hailed as the supplement for healthy nails and hair, it can also help with those who have diabetes and multiple sclerosis.However, it can also interfere with medications for those with hypothyroidism. In this feature, we take a look at HSV- 1 and 2 to see how alike and different the two viral types really are.
What's behind the very different images the two types carry? In an interview, counselors at the National Herpes Hotline suggest ways to help replace judgmental social assumptions with a healthy attitude.For both types, at least two-thirds of infected people have no symptoms, or symptoms too mild to notice.However, both types can recur and spread even when no symptoms are present.The two types do behave somewhat differently depending on whether they are residing in their site of preference-the mouth and face for HSV-1, and the genital area for HSV-2.But both types are quite common, and under most circumstances neither is a major health threat.
HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. Even this difference is not absolute either type can reside in either or both parts of the body and infect oral and/or genital areas.