This is because some people’s immune systems have the ability to completely suppress the virus.
Cold sores are usually confined to the mouth area (particularly on and around the lip). Less commonly, cold sores can occur on other facial areas such as above the mouth, the nose, nostrils, cheek or chin.
Genital Herpes on the other hand is usually caused by a different strain of the virus called Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2).
Cold sores do not usually occur inside the mouth, however if they do, it is most likely on the gums or hard palette (roof of the mouth).
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HSV1 (or cold sores) can be transferred to the genitals through oral sex.
In the same way, HSV2 (or genital herpes) can be transferred to the mouth. It is estimated that 80% percent of the American population have been exposed to the Herpes simplex virus (which is the virus that causes cold sores). An interesting fact is that although a person has been infected with the herpes and cold sore virus, they may not necessarily experience an outbreak.