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Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not necessarily

Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.
Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact.

In brief: Not necessarily

Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.
Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact.
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