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Whatre the chances are of me giving my boyfriend genital herpes HSV 1 from saliva, and my lips not touching his genitals. My cold sore was almost gone?

Whatre the chances are of me giving my boyfriend genital herpes HSV 1 from saliva, and my lips not touching his genitals. My cold sore was almost gone?

Hard to say: It's impossible to say what the statistical chances are of transmitting herpes with a single encounter. If you've recently had a cold sore, of course the chances are higher. But the virus can be shed even when no sore is present. It's a discussion and risk/benefit analysis that you and bf have to have with one another and make decision that feels comfortable for you. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Can you get incurable genital herpes from a cold sore through oral sex?

Can you get incurable genital herpes from a cold sore through oral sex?

Yes but not easily: Type 1 hsv which is the virus that causes oral labial herpes or cold sores- does not transmit easily to the genital area- however it is possible. Thus oral sex should be avoided if a cold sore is present. ...Read more

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If he has a cold sore on his lip, can I get genital herpes from this?

If he has a cold sore on his lip, can I get genital herpes from this?

Yes: I would refrain from oral sex until the cold sore disappears. It is possible that the sore on your partners lip is being caused by herpers simplexii which is genital herpes. My best advice is be safe during this oral outbreak. ...Read more

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If you touch a cold sore and then a few minutes later pick a wedgie over your PJ bottoms. Can you get genital herpes from this?

I think you've : Asked this question at least five different times in five different ways. The answer is still no. The cold sore virus is not the genital herpes virus. And both viruses require close skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore, can I get genital herpes?

Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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Can I get genital herpes down there if I have a cold sore?

Yes.: If you scratch your cold sore and then scratch your genital area, it is possible to develop herpes lesions in the vaginal area too. It used to be thought that type 1 herpes only occurred above the waist while type 2 occurred only below the waist, but it turns out that you can get either type in either location - or any other location on the body, for that matter. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more