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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

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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 a cold sore result from being with someone that has genital herpes? I was with a woman a few weeks ago who has genital herpes, though she wasn't having an outbreak at the time. Coincidentally, this morning for the first time i got what i think is the

Can a cold sore result from being with someone that has genital herpes? I was with a woman a few weeks ago who has genital herpes, though she wasn't having an outbreak at the time. Coincidentally, this morning for the first time i got what i think is the

Herpes : Herpes is a complicated disease. Herpes simplex 1 (hsv-1) is the virus that typically causes cold sores. Most adults have antibodies to hsv-1, which means that they have been exposed and likely have the virus laying dormant in the nerve cells where they were infected. Some of these people will get cold sores (aka fever blisters) some won't. Some will get recurrent outbreaks regularly and others won't. Herpes simplex 2 (hsv-2) is the virus that typically causes genital lesions. A slightly lower percentage, but still around 20-40%, of adults have antibodies to hsv-2, and it acts the same way on the genitals as hsv-1. One can still get a cold sore from hsv-2 and genital lesions from hsv-1. However, when this occurs, repeat outbreaks are much less likely, because hsv-1 has evolved to prefer infecting human mouths, and hsv-2 has a predilection for human genitalia. Some things to remember here: 1. One can have herpes (1 or 2) and shed virus (meaning transmit the infection to others) without ever having any overt symptoms himself. 2. Herpes infection (particularly type 2) can increase one's risk for acquiring hiv, even if one never has an outbreak or other signs of infection. 3. Herpes infection is incredibly common, and for many infected people, it's not something they even realize they have, or they'll have one outbreak and never have any issues with it again. 4. People vary widely in their response to herpes infection. A person can be infected without knowing it, and transmit it to a sexual partner who will then go on to have severe recurrent blistering outbreaks, which can be very painful. 5. Most authorities, like the United States preventive medicine task force, recommend against the routine testing for herpes virus antibodies in people without symptoms of herpes. So many people have these antibodies, and they likely have asymptomatic infections that don't require treatment, so testing them wouldn't change anything. When someone is entering into a long-term monogamous relationship and wants to start having unprotected sex, that is one possible reason to do antibody testing for herpes, but even that is controversial. 6. Any skin lesion that persists for more than a few days or is troubling to you, should be evaluated by a physician. It may look like the pictures of herpes on the internet, but who took those pictures? ...Read more

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Is it ok to kiss if you are having a herpes or cold sore outbreak?

HERPES SIMPLEX: Herpes simplex labiales is a viral infection that can be transmitted by kissing by direct contact with the virus. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to kiss somoene after they have a herpes cold sore outbreak?

How long should I wait to kiss somoene after they have a herpes cold sore outbreak?

Fever blister : You can still shed/pass virus when not having symptoms/blisters. Is up to you when to kiss. Most won't kiss when visible because it does not look good, and it hurts. So the answer is, when you decide. ...Read more

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I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

Probably coincidence: Most likely it's just a coincidence that both your herpes infections have had outbreaks at the same time. However, oral herpes outbreaks often are triggered by other viral infections (hence the names cold sore, fever blister). Genital HSV2 outbreaks usually have no obvious trigger, but it could happen that something has triggered both simultaneously. ...Read more

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I have HSV-2. For 3 days now Ive experienced lip twitching every few minutes. No cold sore outbreak yet. Lip twitching due to herpes or something else?

I have HSV-2. For 3 days now Ive experienced lip twitching every few minutes. No cold sore outbreak yet. Lip twitching due to herpes or something else?

Not herpes: Herpes doesn't cause lip twitching. And unless you caught oral herpes at the same time you acquired your genital HSV2 infection, it is unlikely you have oral HSV2. Most "twitching" of small muscles (in the lip or anywhere else) is called benign fasciculation. It's harmless and usually doesn't indicate any important health problem. Google "benign fasciculation" for more information. ...Read more

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Can my cold sore give me genital herpes?

Herpes: There are two types or viruses that cause herpes. The cold sore type herpes is found in 75% of americans. This is known as herpes type one. Once one has herpes it cannot be caught again. It does not migrate to other parts of the body. It cannot become a different virus. Herpes type two, which is most commonly found on the genitals is found in 25% of americans. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

It depends...: If you're asking whether your own oral herpes (cold sores) can be transmitted to your own genital area, the answer is no -- or extremely rarely if it happens at all. However, if someone with oral herpes performs oral sex on a partner, the partner may get genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

Absolutely: You can get type 1 which is oral herpes in the genital region and u can get type 2 which is genital herpes in the mouth or lips. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if it's just a cold sore genital herpes?

Herpes Simplex virus: Cold sores (mouth) are usuaully from herpes simplex type i and genital lesions are usually herpes simplex type 2 (but this is not always the case). Both lesions are caused by herpes simplex viruses. ...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