If someone has a cold sore on their lip and kisses me can I get it? If they have one and perform oral sex will you get genital herpes? What if the cold sore goes away then can it still give you some sort of genital herpes? This may sound stupid but I dont know the answer.
Haha. Not exactly. HSV-1 and Canker sores are different. The canker sores are the white little circles in your mouth supposedly caused by stress, bacterial problems, or weak mouth lining. They're not contagious.
HSV-1 usually appears on the outside of your mouth and are red, painful, and full of puss. It's obvious to distinguish the two.
HSV-1 can be transmitted to the genital area, but when it comes to simple canker sores, you've got nothing to worry about.
there are two types of herpes hsv1 ans hsv2. hsv1 is generally the sores that appear on your mouth especially the bottom lip on the outside. it is estimated that 40% of the american population has this virus. hsv one can be transfered from a persons mouth to a persons genitals through oral sex, this really only happens when a sore is active on the mouth. vice versa hsv2, the one responsible for most genital outbreaks can happen on the mouth through oral if contact is made betwwen your moth and an active sore on the genetals. if you are confused get tested, they have blood tests that can determine if you have herpes and if so what kind.
The obvious one, the red sore on the outside/around/sometimes inside the mouth. That's HSV-1. See, the little white circles aren't a form of herpes. Scientists believe they are from stress or something.
So the cold sore that is on your lip, where everyone can see, is the one that is contagious? And it can be passed on through oral sex?
Yes, herpes can be passed onto the genitals via oral sex. The biggest risk is when a person has an active sore on their mouths - oral sex would certainly be a no-no then. A small risk remains even when the person does not have a sore because they may be shedding the virus asymptomatically - i.e. they are contagious even though they are not having an outbreak. You have to decide how much of a risk this is for you. If you already have type 1 yourself (and has been posted, probably around 40% if not more people do), then you probably have it on your mouth and the chances of being reinfected on the genitals are pretty low (if you avoid active sores) because you have antibodies to the virus. If you don't have type 1, the risk is higher but whether you take it is something you should judge for yourself. In the absence of active sores, the risk of passing on the virus through oral sex is relatively low, but it is a risk which does exist.
Herpes cold sores are viral! They are a specific sub-type of the herpes simplex virus. A previous post had that right. Most people will get this type of herpes at some point in their life. Even from getting a kiss from a parent as a child.
I would like to make two notes about previous posts...
1) Once infected, the virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2) will be with you for life. Stress only reactivates it from its latent state. Other things like UV light can also reactivate the virus.
2) The species that causes cold sores and the species that causes the STD that most people talk about when referring to HSV are two different bugs altogether. While it is possible to get 'genital herpes' in the oral environment and vice versa, one form of HSV will not suddenly become the other.
If its a cold sore, relax I've heard estimates that as much as 90% of the population has this form of HSV although some people will never show any signs of infection.