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

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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