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What're 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?

What're 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

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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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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Is genital herpes just sexually transmitted or can you accidently give yourself genital herpes from a cold sore?

See below: Genital herpes used to be just Herpes simplex type 2. Cold sore used to be just Herpes simplex type 1. However, that is no longer the case. Either virus can appear as the genital or cold sore form. You can transfer one type to the opposite site. However, both herpes are transmissable only when you have active lesions filled with fluid (full of 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 from touching your own cold sore than your genitals?

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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Can you tell me if my boyfriend gives me genital herpes from a cold sore can I give him genital herpes too?

Yes: Genital herpes is very contagious and can be spread through physical contact from one person to another. Talk to your doctor about medication to prevent spreading the virus. ...Read more

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How likely is giving my girlfriend herpes through a cold sore?

Herpes transmission: Pretty good chance. The active lesions, particularly early on, are filled with virus in the tissue fluids, and any area coming in contact with the cold sore (fingers, eyes, lips, genitals, etc) is at risk. Best to be careful. ...Read more

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If a women has a cold sore from having a cold can she still give someone herpes? My girlfriend recently had a cold sore but it was because she had a cold. Could she still transmit herpes?

Yes. Cold: Yes.

Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! They usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore.

There is no cure for cold sores but there are a few treatments for the symptoms:
-over the counter ointments with topical Lidocaine can be used for pain, but will not shorten the course
-applying ice and taking Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help with pain relief
-do not pick at it or pop it since that can make it worse
-antiviral medications such as valacyclovir are the only treatments known to reduce pain and shorten the course if taken as soon as you know an outbreak is coming. These are prescription medications, so you should discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I give my bf herpes if I have a cold sore and we kiss?

Yes!: A cold sore is usually caused by a recurrence of herpes so direct contact with a skin surface can certainly pass on the infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to give my self herpes on my genitals from a cold sore?

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Yes: If you had transfer fast enough of infected fluid from your cold sore to your genitals, you could conceivably transfer it. Rule of thumb - don't spread possibly infected fluid on genital mucosa. ...Read more

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Could I give my bf herpes orally without knowing I was a carrier? I've never had a cold sore - we've been dating 2 yrs nothing's happened until now

Could I give my bf herpes orally without knowing I was a carrier? I've never had a cold sore - we've been dating 2 yrs nothing's happened until now

Re-post w/ more info: HSV1 or 2? It is common to have oral or genital herpes without symptoms and infect a partner. "until now" suggests new symptoms in your partner, right? Does "give bf herpes orally" mean oral sex, i.e. he has genital symptoms? Or might he have oral herpes, maybe from kissing or by oral sex on you? If he has symptoms, has herpes been confirmed as the cause? If not, he should seek care ASAP. ...Read more

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Can my cold sore give me genital herpes?

A herpes simplex: Infection can be spread to other areas of the body. ...Read more

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Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Can you give youself genital herpes if you have a cold sore from masterbating?

Herpes: First. There are two herpes viruses. A person cannot give themselves an infection. Infection comes from someone or somewhere else. If you have herpes simplex, or oral herpes, it does not move. You cannot get the same herpes virus a second time. 75% of americans have the oral herpes virus. 25% have the std herpes or hsv type two. ...Read more

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If someone with cold sore gives u oral sex and you get one on your genitals will you have herpes for sure?

Herpes: Most people in america have oral or type one herpes. 75% by latest accounts. Your question is not the right question. You need and must get a herpes blood test so that the next steps can be mapped out. People with herpes are contagious whether they have a sore or not. ...Read more

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Cold sore the day after giving my gf oral, did she have genital herpes?

See below: A cold sore due to herpes virus would not appear the day after exposure to an infected person, as it takes quite a while for the virus to incubate in the new host. ...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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What can I do if my boyfriends never had cold sore but I have. So could he give me genital herpes?

What can I do if my boyfriends never had cold sore but I have. So could he give me genital herpes?

Yes: Yes if you had physical contact while you had an active cold sore than he could transfer the virus to other parts of your body. ...Read more

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If I get cold sores and my partner who has a cold sore gives me oral sex, would I get genital herpes?

Yes: Herpes simplex is caused by a virus and is transmitted
primarily by close physical contact. Any active lesions
have live virus and therefore can be spread to another
person. If someone does not have any active lesions
then the transmission of the virus is probably very small but still possible. ...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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more