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close-up of an elderly African-American female patient’s oral cavity

close-up of an elderly African-American female patient’s oral cavity

This is a close-up of an elderly African-American female patient’s oral cavity, revealing lesions on her soft palate and tongue, which are due to the herpes simplex virus.

Also known as a cold sore, this lesion is caused by the contagious herpes simplex virus Type-1 (HSV-1), and should not be confused with a canker sore, which is not contagious. The HSV-1 virus remains in the body throughout an exposed person’s entire life.

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