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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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Can you give yourself genital herpes from your own coldsore?

Can you give yourself genital herpes from your own coldsore?

ABSOLUTELY NOT: Are you in the circus that you can kiss yourself like that? The virus in one place provides protection in all the other places unless you have defective immunity in which case you will know it because of obvious symptoms or history. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes when you have a coldsore if you subconsciously touch your genitals?

Herpes: First there are two herpes viruses. The herpes type one (used to be called oral) and herpes type two. (used to be called genital). To answer your question you need a blood test to tell you which type you have. Second, you cannot give yourself a new infection with the same virus. But, if you have type one and not type two if you are exposed to type two you can get this infection as well. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes from your cold sore?

Can you give yourself genital herpes from your cold sore?

Two herpes: No. Absolutely not. First. You cannot get the same herpes virus twice or in two different locations. Second genital herpes is a different and separate virus. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes from your own cold sore?

Technically..: Yes, you could if the sore was open and shedding the virus, and you touched the sore on your mouth and then right after touched your genitals.Although this is more of a technicality,studies show that it is becoming more common than it used to be in the last decade.I would generally avoid immediate genital contact after touching an open cold sore as a rule to be safest. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes by touching your cold sore than genitals?

Can you give yourself genital herpes by touching your cold sore than genitals?

NO: Auto-inoculation of herpes is almost unknown. Once you are colonized, even with no symptoms, even if you never had symptoms, you are immune except in 1 nerve ganglion. So this does not happen. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes by touching your cold sore than your genitals?

Can you give yourself genital herpes by touching your cold sore than your genitals?

Yes: both type I and Type 2 herpes can be found in the genital and the face area in recent years so it can be transmitted from the mouth area to the genital area and vice versa. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself genital herpes from touching your own cold sore than your genitals?

Hypothetically yes: The oral to genital transmission of herpes simplex virus is well known to occur. This is why it no longer useful to test for HSV-1 or HSV-2 since both can cause oral or genital outbreaks. In theory if you were to touch a newly ruptured vesicle and then immediately Touch your genitals in an area of skin breakdown small cut etc. Then transmission would be theoretically possible. ...Read more

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Hi was wondering if positive with hsv-1 can you give yourself genital herpes by accident touching mouth to genital whilst washing below ?

Hi was wondering if positive with hsv-1 can you give yourself genital herpes by accident touching mouth to genital whilst washing below 
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NO: HSV-1 is Oral herpes and can not cause "Genital herpes" by definition (It would be simply HSV-1). However, to take the flip side, if someone has genital herpes and you perform oral sex on that person, you can get Genital herpes on your lips/mouth area from the contact with the HSV-2 (genital). ...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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more