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If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

Likely: If the person has an active visible lesion, and you shared a drink, it is very likely that you were in contact with the virus. You may already have it though. Not everyone who has the virus gets an actual outbreak as it can remain dormant. Certain trigger events, susch as trauma, a cold, extra uv light, stress, may cause an outbreak, just like it did with your friend. Stay away from outbreaks. ...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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Can oral herpes to get worse?

Can oral herpes to get worse?

Yes: You need to conrol your onset and outbreaks with oral medication. The medication is very expensive if you do not have medical/drug insurance coverage. The herpes virus remains latent inside of your nerve tract until it becomes active by stress, hormonal changes and etc. ...Read more

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Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

At Risk: You are at risk as long as there is an active lesion present. If there is contact when this is shedding the virus, the likelihood is high. If you are careful then you can avoid it. Rule of thumb-- active lesion --> no contact. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting herpes from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it?

What are my chances of getting herpes from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it?

How do you know?: How do you know that that person does have herpes if he's never had an outbreak? He may have had a positive antibody test, which means he's been exposed to the virus, but does not necessarily mean he has active hsv. If he has active disease he should be on an antiviral (valtrex, famvir) to minimize the chance of transmitting it to others. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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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