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could use your help docs! my cold sore is all gone but is still red. is it still contagious to kiss?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is possible to: spread the herpes virus even it there is not an active lesion.

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A 48-year-old female asked:

Does shedding of a cold sore lesson as years pass. Does a cold sore less contagious after having it for year?

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Herpes Information: I believe you may be operating on old and outdated information. We now know 1. 90% of those infected do not have sores or outbreaks. 2. If you are infected you will shed the virus even without a sore at unpredictable rates and on an unpredictable schedule. Anyone in relationship who is positive, their sexual partner needs to know their herpes status.
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Can a cold sore stay contagious after the scab has come off?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is no: Longer contagious once the skin lesion has healed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long would it take until my cold sore stops being contagious?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Once the skin: Lesion has healed. It is contagious in all active forms of the lesion.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Hoping you can tell me, is cold sore still contagious after the scab is gone?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is actually: Potentially contagious until the lesion has healed.
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How soon am i contagious after kissing someone with a cold sore?

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