Which viral oral infections are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

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Not all viral oral infections are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). A number of viruses can cause oral lesions (enanthems). Most childhood viral diseases (such as measles) can have oral lesions, and most of these are not sexually transmitted. The herpes viruses are an exception and can be transmitted orally or sexually.

Even though most people think of herpes when they think of viral oral infections, not all viral oral infections are STDs. In fact, there are even ways other than oral sex to spread herpes simplex viruses. Some other common viral oral infections that are not STDs include hand, foot, and mouth disease and measles.

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Viral Oral Infections

Viral Oral Infections

Viral oral infections are virus that can affect the mouth and oral area. They include the herpes simplex virus, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), and in some cases, human papillomavirus or HPV. These viruses are usually very co...

ntagious and can cause painful oral sores, depending on the type of oral virus. In rare cases, mumps can spread through saliva causing swelling of the area around the mouth.
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