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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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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?

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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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

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If I have a cold sore, can I get genital herpes?

Not Usually But: 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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Do cold sore creams sold over counter work for genital herpes?

Do cold sore creams sold over counter work for genital herpes?

See your doctor: There are very effective oral and prescription topical medications to tx genital hsv infections. See you doctor for proper treatment, it will be far more effective than otc cold sore creams. ...Read more

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Can you get incurable genital herpes from a cold sore through oral sex?

Yes but not easily: Type 1 hsv which is the virus that causes oral labial herpes or cold sores- does not transmit easily to the genital area- however it is possible. Thus oral sex should be avoided if a cold sore is present. ...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 my boyfriend kissed me when i had a cold sore then perfomed oral do I have genital herpes?

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Possible: There's always a possibility of transmission, and you can autoinfect (which this is, essentially) from one part of the body to another. ...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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Is it possible to get genital herpes if I have a cold sore, kiss my partner, and then let my partner go down on me?

Herpes transmission: Two types of herpes are recognized, one mainly on the face, eyes, and oral cavity, the second in the genital areas. But, there are exceptions and one type may affect the other area. So while unlikely, the answer is still yes. Oral fluids contain virus, which may be ping-ponged from you to partner, and back. And once established in a tissue, herpes is there permanently. Don't take chances. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore and I have preformed oral sex on him. What's the likely hood of one of us getting genital herpes?

I have a cold sore and I have preformed oral sex on him. What's the likely hood of one of us getting genital herpes?

Good chance: Herpes type ii aka genital herpes can occur orally with oral sex. Hsv ii can be shed even when you don't have symptoms or visible blister. You may have it for many years and not even know it, and be passing it around to other. Big dilema. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore thats going away and i performed oral sex on my girlfriend for 8 seconds, will she get genital herpes?

If I have a cold sore thats going away and i performed oral sex on my girlfriend for 8 seconds, will she get genital herpes?

She can: There's no way to tell now if she will, but it is possible, even if the lesions are "healing." i would suggest that she contact a health care provider right away and request a rx for acyclovir. This interferes with viral replication, and could, at least in theory, prevent her from developing herpes. Always abstain from contact until your lesions are entirely healed, just to be safe. ...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)

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