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What are the chances of getting genital herpes from kissing someone with a cold sore?

What are the chances of getting genital herpes from kissing someone with a cold sore?

None: No chance of getting genital herpes from kissing someone on the mouth. However if one engages in oral sex then the herpes virus can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals or vice versa. Genital herpes is usually herpes simplex type 2, but can also be type 1. Mouth/lip cold sores are usually herpes simplex type 1. ...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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Possibly have a cold sore, kissed girlfriend who doesn't have one and then she gave oral sex. I'm very worried. What is the odds I get genital herpes?

Possibly have a cold sore, kissed girlfriend who doesn't have one and then she gave oral sex. I'm very worried. What is the odds I get genital herpes?

Viral exposure: The oral herpes virus is very common and can unfortunately manifest as lesions on post the lips and the genitals. if either of you has the virus and have engaged in oral sex, then transmission is possible. Nevertheless if you maintain good health and community than the likelihood of recurrence and symptoms will be low. Fortunately herpes is treatable, but you guys should talk about it together. ...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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If my boyfriend kissed me when i had a cold sore then perfomed oral do I have genital herpes?

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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Can you get genital herpes by touching inanimate objects someone with a cold sore has touched and then touching yourself after?

No. Herpes is direct: An inanimate object cannot safely harbor HSV from a cold sore and then allow someone else to touch that and become infected. Herpes is transmitted by direct human to human contact, or on occasion by infected fluids say on a shared straw. I don't think you have to worry about this case - it wasn't a real exposure. Good to always protect yourself however and practice good hygiene. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes if someone with a cold sore scab spits on your clitoris ?

Can you get genital herpes if someone with a cold sore scab spits on your clitoris ?

Problems with HSV-1: The cold sore virus, HSV-1, is similar to the genital herpes virus HSV-2. Unfortunately, if someone has an HSV-1 lesion that's active (red and crusty like a 'volcano') then it could be infectious to others who are non-immune. The HSV-1 virus prefers to go to the mouth area, but there are cases when it can spread to the genitals or other sites if the exposure is significant. Call doc for antiviral. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes from using someones bathroom that had a cold sore at the time you used their bathroom? Ex from surfaces they may have touch

Can you get genital herpes from using someones bathroom that had a cold sore at the time you used their bathroom? Ex from surfaces they may have touch

Unlikely scenario: Genital Herpes is a viral disease , transmission by any method possible , fortunately is rare to occur such way , need body to body contact , virus will not survive out side body fluids especially on dry surface. Good hygiene is the best preventive measure in the bath room . ...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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Can I get genital herpes down there if I have a cold sore?

Can I get genital herpes down there if I have a cold sore?

Yes.: If you scratch your cold sore and then scratch your genital area, it is possible to develop herpes lesions in the vaginal area too. It used to be thought that type 1 herpes only occurred above the waist while type 2 occurred only below the waist, but it turns out that you can get either type in either location - or any other location on the body, for that matter. ...Read more

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If you touch a cold sore and then a few minutes later pick a wedgie over your PJ bottoms. Can you get genital herpes from this?

I think you've : Asked this question at least five different times in five different ways. The answer is still no. The cold sore virus is not the genital herpes virus. And both viruses require close skin to skin contact. ...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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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

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Can genital herpes take more than 2 years to get or develop because the girl that I use to date2 years ago had cold sore on herlip but shenever said..

Genital herpes: Two forms of the hsv virus can cause genital herpes . Hsv 2 virus is usually the main cause of genital herpes and can take years to develop. Hsv1 virus usually causes cold sores. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes from someone with hsv-1 even if they don't have a cold sore?

Asymptomatic Shed: Asymptomatic shedding refers to ability of some viruses to be present and transmissible without causing symptoms. Most studies suggest that 70% of herpes is transmitted by asymptomatic shedding of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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If he has a cold sore on his lip, can I get genital herpes from this?

Yes: I would refrain from oral sex until the cold sore disappears. It is possible that the sore on your partners lip is being caused by herpers simplexii which is genital herpes. My best advice is be safe during this oral outbreak. ...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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Can having bv increase your chance of getting genital herpes from having a cold sore and transmitting down below?

Can having bv increase your chance of getting genital herpes from having a cold sore and transmitting down below?

No, ...: BV is common but it alone has not been known to increase odd to have STD. Self inoculation of herpes as concerned has been not proved without sexual act and breaking natural barrier - skin and mucosa. So, don't worry unless you have suspicious symptoms and lesions. More? Ask doctor... ...Read more

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What's the chance of getting genital herpes if i went down on a guy when i had a cold sore, but been treating it with abreva for 2 days before oral?

What's the chance of getting genital herpes if i went down on a guy when i had a cold sore, but been treating it with abreva for 2 days before oral?

Herpes: First you can only get genital or herpes type two if the person you were with has it. You having herpes one or 'oral' herpes has no relevance here. You can give him herpes by this act if he does not already have the oral form of herpes. And yes, the reason we do not use 'oral' or "genital' anymore is because you can get these viruses where ever you are exposed. ...Read more

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I got genital herpes but I've only had sex with my boyfriend. I've never cheated. He had a cold sore and we had sex but not oral. How could I get it?

I got genital herpes but I've only had sex with my boyfriend. I've never cheated. He had a cold sore and we had sex but not oral. How could I get it?

Testing needed: If sexual history is accurate, your partner must have genital herpes. Many infections are asymptomatic but still can be passed to partners. His oral herpes (HSV1) might also involve his genital area, but more likely he has genital HSV2. You need testing to know if HSV1 or HSV2, preferably on swab from lesion, or blood test if too late for swab. Boyfriend also needs blood test for HSV1 and HSV2 ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Yes: It is possible to self inoculate. The classic place is on the finger to get what is called a herpetic whitlow, a painful infection on the hand. ...Read more

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My mom handed me a mug she doesn't have a cold sore. I have PJ bottoms on I then scratched my thigh while I have PJs on. Can I get genital herpes?

Your question: Doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. I can't quite follow it. But basically you need to know that genital herpes requires close skin to skin contact. It doesn't leap through clothing like pjs. ...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