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Can being with some one who has a cold sore ever lead to herpes 2?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: See below

Classically, herpes simplex type 2 (hsv-2) is genital herpes and hsv-1 is oral herpes (cold sores).
However, cold sores can also be hsv-2. So, if someone has hsv-2, then if they have a genital or oral lesion, you can contract it from them through sex or even kissing or sharing a glass if their cold sore is active and present.

In brief: See below

Classically, herpes simplex type 2 (hsv-2) is genital herpes and hsv-1 is oral herpes (cold sores).
However, cold sores can also be hsv-2. So, if someone has hsv-2, then if they have a genital or oral lesion, you can contract it from them through sex or even kissing or sharing a glass if their cold sore is active and present.
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Dr. Georges Sylvestre
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

At times, a cold sore on the lip is caused by genital herpes, type 2 herpes.
So, you can catch it that way, especially if a person with a cold sore performed oral sex on you.

In brief: Yes

At times, a cold sore on the lip is caused by genital herpes, type 2 herpes.
So, you can catch it that way, especially if a person with a cold sore performed oral sex on you.
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