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Are cold sores considered an std?

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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Cold sores usually aren't a sexually transmitted disease (std).
They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two kinds of herpes virus: hsv-1, which is usually not an std and occurs on the lip, and hsv-2, which usually causes herpes genitalis, which is essentially an std in the genital area. Both viruses can be transmitted by saliva, body secretions or oral sex.

In brief: No

Cold sores usually aren't a sexually transmitted disease (std).
They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two kinds of herpes virus: hsv-1, which is usually not an std and occurs on the lip, and hsv-2, which usually causes herpes genitalis, which is essentially an std in the genital area. Both viruses can be transmitted by saliva, body secretions or oral sex.
Dr. Richard Ruden
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

I guess they can be transmitted that way.

In brief: Not really

I guess they can be transmitted that way.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus.
Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips!

In brief: Not really

Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus.
Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips!
Dr. Robert Kwok
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