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When am I NOT contagious?


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I've had "oral herpes" for many years. In the past I researched "the contagious period" and found(I think on web md) that I'm contagious from very early(maybe before I can even tell one is coming on) until "its healed". Well the definition of "its healed" was it "bursts" crusts over and heals. My problem is I am pretty lucky and an avid and very active user of abreva...so many times my cold sores never "burst"...its a small bump a little painful...and it gradually goes away....but there is no "healing" so its hard to know when I'm not contagious. I happen to have one(I think...this is the first time I'm actually questioning whether this really is one because its so damn minor I only used abreva one day) that is very atypically(for me) on the inside of my lip instead of right where my lip meets my face. It never even got remotely close to opening, it was the most minor cold sore I have ever had...but I can still see a difference in my lip.

Does anybody know of a source of really accurate information on this topic?

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There are too many variables to really answer this question.

Even if you were shedding the virus it doesn't that anyone you come in contact with will automatically get it. So while you may be 'contagious' because you are shedding it doesn't mean you will pass it along.

I was in chat the other day and someone said he kissed his partner on several occasions while he had a cold sore and his partner never came down with symptoms.

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