A 17-year-old female asked:
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kissed bf yesterday. been 1 week since i got my cold sore. just sore and alittle red. didn't look like anything was there. is he okay?

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Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
40 years experience Family Medicine
Cold Sores & ?HSV: It is possible that the virus causing your cold sore could have been transmitted to your boyfriend. Only time will tell if he will develop similar lesion to yours. As for you, I suggest using Abreva topically to reduce the discomfort and eliminate this annoying cold sore.
Answered on Jun 18, 2015
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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Not contagious: The redness could be something called postinflammatory hyperpigmentation which is normal after such a lesion. Not contagious at this point.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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It is possible to: spread the herpes virus even it there is not an active lesion.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Probably safe: If the red area doesn't have an open sore, it is safe to assume the virus is gone and the chance of transmission is low.

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