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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

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


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I'm starting to think i may have oral herpes. Can it spread to my genitals?

I'm starting to think i may have oral herpes. Can it spread to my genitals?

Potentially: Herpes simplex virus - 1 (oral herpes) infections are less prevalent in the genital region than hsv-2, however this gap is slowly decreasing. In some studies, populations have seen hsv -1 surpass hsv - 2 as the predominant cause of genital herpes. Oral sexual behaviors remain the most common way to spread oral herpes to the genitalia. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes from someone even if there are no sores? And can you spread to genitals if theres no sore?

Yes and yes: It is less likely to be transmissable if no open lesions are present, but people do shed herpes simplex virus in the absence of open ulcers, and therefore transmission is conceivable. It is also possible to transmit to genitals with oral sex, but again, far less likely in the absence of open ulcerative disease. ...Read more

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Question might not of sent. If you have a cold sore (oral herpes) and you accidentally spit on pubic hair, will it spread to genitals? Sorry

Asked and Answered: Your question has been accurately and repeatedly answered. No you cannot reinfect yourself. Having a cold sore or not having a cold sore is in no way correlated as to when you shed virus. ...Read more

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How likely is it to transfer your oral herpes to your genitals?

Herpes Spreads: If you touch your cold sore starting with the prodrome until it is fully healed you can spread the herpes virus to anything you touch. The most common sites are to the eyes or genitals since they are both mucous membrane structures which have much thinner coverings than skin which is thicker and has a keratinized surface. ...Read more

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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


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Hsv (Definition)

HSV, or herpes simplex virus, is a virus that has two types. Type 1 causes "cold sores" or sores around the mouth, while Type ...Read more