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How many people have herpes simplex virus 1?

In the United States, between 30 and 90 percent of all adults have antibodies formed to kill HSV1.This virus is responsible for cold sores and lies dormant in nerve cells between infections, which usually occur when the immune system response is lowered, such as during times of stress. Most people with the virus are carriers who never experience an actual outbreak.

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Where can cold sores develop?
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Is oral herpes contagious?
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