While they are similar in many ways, their DNA differs significantly. The thought that they differ only in that they get called by different type names based on the location of the infection is out of date by a decade two.
The fact is that 30-50% of recently diagnosed genital cases are actually type 1 acquired by receiving oral sex. The CDC stastics confirm this. It is also possible to have multiple infections in the same place. If both viruses were the same, then it would be just one infection.
With regard to claims that it's possible to "get rid" of the virus, I'd suggest taking a look at http://nocureforherpes.com
which explains why there is no "cure" for herpes. It's not a site that is selling you anything, it's just accurate scientific information.
I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but I do want people to know the scientifically verifiable facts so that they spend their money on ineffective "cures".