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A 26-year-old male asked about a 23-year-old male:

Is someone who has cold sore never be able to have unprotected oral sex or a passionate kiss for the rest of their life due to viral shredding?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Tough one: Yes, viral shedding can occur, but is is much less in the absence of the cold sore. Also, if cold sores are frequent, check with your doctor if long term prophylactic antiviral drug is appropriate.

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Last updated Apr 20, 2014

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