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Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Yes: It would be more likely if you were in the early part of a break out, but possible. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I get cold sores but i don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

I get cold sores but i don't have one now Been using phone/laptop all day and touched genitals Can I get genital herpes from the stuff I've been using?

Hand washing needed: The Herpes virus likes warm moist places to infect. If your wash you hands religiously then there is nothing to fear from the phone/laptop as a transmitter of the virus. ...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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Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Supposing I have cold sores(herpes 1, ), can I get genital herpes?

Yes: Having hsv-1 does not confer any protection from getting hsv-2. Always practice safe sex and use protection whenever you can (condoms). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if we both get cold sores, is it possible to give each other genital herpes?

Can you tell me if we both get cold sores, is it possible to give each other genital herpes?

Yes: If you have an active cold sore from the herpes viurs, and have oral sex, spread of the virus to the genital area can occur. ...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