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If you get cold sores, should you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?

HV 1 or 2 ? 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...

Can I give my girlfriend genital herpes if I get cold sores and give her oral sex, but don't have a cold sore at the time? And if I give her cold sores, and she gives me oral sex, can I get genital herpes?

Cold . Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. Genital herpes is typically caused by herpes simplex type 2 (hsv-2) and can only be spread via sexual contact with an infected person. The bad news is that you can get an hsv -1 infection in the genital area from oral sex. The good news is that 80% of the population have been exposed to it and have antibodies to hsv-1 that will help protect them. Your girlfriend has already been exposed (by kissing you) and you already have hsv-1, so both of you likely have antibodies and so have a low likelihood of causing genital infections with hsv-1. Read more...
Sex. Herpes can be transmitted to your sexual partner during oral or vaginal sex. It is contagious when you have open sores. Read more...

Just diagnosed with genital herpes, had my first outbreak. BF gets cold sores. What are the chances of giving it to him genitally? With no outbreak.

Yes. You can pass the virus even if you are asymptomatic. You have a much higher risk if having an active outbreak. But still can occur when having no symptoms. Use protection all the time. And even using condemns doesn't protect 100% Read more...

Cold sore the day after giving my gf oral, did she have genital herpes?

See below. A cold sore due to herpes virus would not appear the day after exposure to an infected person, as it takes quite a while for the virus to incubate in the new host. Read more...