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Can You Get Genital Herpes From A Cold Sore?

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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cold sores = genital herpes?

are they both the same virus? aren't they two different simplex herpes types? in oral sex, can someone with a cold sore on the lips transmit the herpes virus to another person and have it manifest as genital herpes and/or lip cold sores (even...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) that are categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 generally causes what are commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters: those uncomfortable, sometimes painful bumps you get around your mouth that... Read more »

Chances of getting genital herpes from cunningiligus, analingus and fingering

Hello Doctor Frascino, I would first like to truly applaud you for everything you have done for so many people and their lives with your knowledge and kind heart. What you do is priceless.I am an 18 year old male who recently went to spain for a...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello,Having unprotected sex with anyone puts you at risk, no matter if it is with a prostitute or someone you know. From what you have described my best recommendation to you is that you get in to see your doctor for a full STI (Sexually... Read more »

old cold sore and oral sex

Dear Ryan,I, too, must thank you for the invaluable information and insightful advice your provide in this forum. My concern is this:Last night, I received oral sex (I was the insertive partner) from a man. He had sucked my penis a few (2-3) minutes...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is difficult to say if you were exposed to herpes simplex virus 1 (presuming that HSV-1 was the cause of the sore you saw on his lip) because it is possible that the sore was no longer infectious. It is possible to transmit HSV-1 to the genital... Read more »

NYU DR said Genital Herpes from receiving BJ

I have been a long time reader here. Thx for all the help and advice.I just read in Maxim magazine that quoted a DR from NYU as saying it is quite possible to get genital herpes (and herpes simplex) from receiving a blow job.Damn, I was under the...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
I haven't read the article, but I'll be sure to look it up. Thanks for keeping me up to date!I don't know if I'd call oral to genital transmission of herpes is a "sure thing," but it can and does happen. There are two... Read more »
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STD? cold sores, herpes???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i've seen how cold sores are active in hiv poz individuals. but i thought cold sores were common in people with a herpes strain? and the cold sores would be were you came into contact with the herpes virus. ie you won't get herpes on your lip if... Read more »

Cold sores /hiv infection

Posted by bug, 2 Replies
Hello,
I recently had sex with a prostitute and was so drunk(and stupid) i couldn't think of any possible dangers.
The prostitute had several cold sores on her body. We had unprotected oral sex (lasted less than a minute) and 2 times protected vaginal... Read more »

genital herpes or herpes simplex

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Could herpes cause changes in your mouth like dry mouth, white hairy tongue? Thanks for your response.

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cold sores

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm still waiting to test. One more week to go. I had a curiousity question for you guys. I carry the herpes virus that gives me cold sores. Although since the the time I could have potentially become infected, I haven;t had one occur. Usually when... Read more »