I was wasting time on TikTok (the youtube one), and to save time I saw this video making awareness and trying to end stigma against herpes and I got the idea from it that oral herpes were of the exact same type as the genital herpes (ie the STD one). Which made me very spooked but interested so as usual I hit Wikipedia and I find that there are two Simplex viruses quoting straight from it:
HSV-1 more commonly causes infections around the mouth while HSV-2 more commonly causes genital infections
So what does this imply? Are they just different variants that to the layperson (me) are the same thing? Or does it just mean that although HSV-1 is more common on the mouth it can infect elbows or genitalia but its not sexually transmitted?
Also if I have a oral infection can I give someone a genital infection? If a kid has herpes in its mouth is it feasible to say he has an STD? I previously had herpes on my lips (or maybe they were just acne or very small cuts on them). Does that mean I may still have oral herpes?
If it transmits by fluids does exchanging saliva count? What about sweat? Does the contact have to be where there is mucus or other fluids or does it only require contact with the skin?
What conditions exist that laypersons call herpes, other than the simplex virus one?