Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
herpes, cold sores, ingrown hair
I have had cold sores all my life.  Does that mean I could spread herpes.  What if I get some after sexual contact, does that mean I might have caught herpes?  Does cold sores and genital herpes occur at the same time?
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
897535 tn?1295210035
Assuming your cold sores are oral herpes, yes you can transmit the virus through kissing (passionate) or if you perform oral sex on another person. You are not contagious all the time, only when you have an outbreak, and during viral "shedding", when the virus is active but you have no symptoms.

There are two herpes virus, HSV1 and HSV2. You most likely have HSV1, which most oral herpes cases are attributed to.

You can't get herpes "again" per se. However, you could get HSV2 genitally if you had sex with someone who has it. As to genital HSV1, you have significant protection against getting it genitally as you most likely have it orally.

Some people do get both oral and genital at the same time, based on the primary infection. If you have sex with someone who transmits it to you, and it includes both genital and oral contact, then that is possible.

Most likely if you've had cold sores all your life, you got it before you were having sex, so you would not have got it at that time genitally.

Become educated even further by reading the Herpes Handbook, link in my signature.
http://www.westoverheights.com/genital_herpes/handbook/view_the_chapters.html
Comment
Cancel
897535 tn?1295210035
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Herpes Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank