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If you get cold sores does that mean you can never kiss and I have not had a cold sore in 2 years do I have hsv1?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Hsv 1 is commonly associated with sores near the lips while hsv 2 is more commonly associated with sores on genitals.
However, both could show up at either location. The virus will often go dormant for long periods and medications can help control outbreaks. Your partners would appreciate it if you avoid kissing during outbreaks, but you don't have to give it up.

In brief: No

Hsv 1 is commonly associated with sores near the lips while hsv 2 is more commonly associated with sores on genitals.
However, both could show up at either location. The virus will often go dormant for long periods and medications can help control outbreaks. Your partners would appreciate it if you avoid kissing during outbreaks, but you don't have to give it up.
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