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Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Yes: Having hsv-1 does not confer any protection from getting hsv-2. Always practice safe sex and use protection whenever you can (condoms). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Yes: It would be more likely if you were in the early part of a break out, but possible. ...Read more

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If you get cold sores, should you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?

If you get cold sores, should you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?

HV 1 or 2 ?: 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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I get cold sores but i don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

I get cold sores but i don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

Hand washing needed: The Herpes virus likes warm moist places to infect. If your wash you hands religiously then there is nothing to fear from the phone/laptop as a transmitter of the virus. ...Read more

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I have been using abreva. I have gotten cold sores before. I was just curious if I were to give my boyfriend oral, would he get genital herpes?

I have been using abreva. I have gotten cold sores before. I was just curious if I were to give my boyfriend oral, would he get genital herpes?

Possibly: If you are shedding virus at the time, I would expect it to transfer easily. Using a condom might provide a level of protection, but even then it might pass. ...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