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Herpes simplex viruses – known simply as herpes – are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1: oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2: genital herpes). Most commonly, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes, though most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes type 2. In HSV-2, the infected person may have sores around the genitals or rectum. Although HSV-2 sores may occur in other locations, these sores usually are found below the waist.

The new HSV 1/2-EliSpot together with the HSV 1/2-IgG/IgA/IgM-antibodies complement each other in the diagnosis of HSV 1/2-infections.

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