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How likely is it to get herpes if I have an early coldsore and my partner kissed me lightly then gave me oral?

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In brief: Increased risk

Herpes simplex from a cold sore is quite contagious.
Kissing is a good way to pass the virus and infect your partner. If he then performs oral sex on you, he can transmit the virus to your genital area. 30% of genital herpes is due to HSV 1 commonly causing cold sores. You can also auto innoculate, if you touch your lips and then later go to the restroom and accidentally touch the genital area.

In brief: Increased risk

Herpes simplex from a cold sore is quite contagious.
Kissing is a good way to pass the virus and infect your partner. If he then performs oral sex on you, he can transmit the virus to your genital area. 30% of genital herpes is due to HSV 1 commonly causing cold sores. You can also auto innoculate, if you touch your lips and then later go to the restroom and accidentally touch the genital area.
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