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How can i get tested for oral herpes (type 1 or 2) w/out an outbreak? ive never had a known cold sore but i have genital hsv1. a man i was dating just got his 1st cold sore a few days after we kissed. i gave him oral but there was no g-g contact?

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Dr. John Berryman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

First, oral herpes and genital herpes are very easy to transmit from person to person, and intra-personal spread can transmit from one to the other location. A blood test can establish presence of active disease, and treatment with antivirals can reduce the time for healing ulcers in either area.

Answered 8/10/2022

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

The only way to know for sure is to have a swab test for oral herpes if and when you have an oral outbreak. However, most people in your situation have only genital HSV1, not oral -- and you cannot transmit herpes from your mouth. Also, a single cold sore is rarely due to new oral herpes. Your partner probably has longstanding oral HSV1 without symptoms, now have his first remembered outbreak.

Answered 9/11/2022

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