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slim24

So here's my story...

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slim24

Well, I've had a really rough couple of days lately...I guess I'll start by saying that I very recently got HSV1. I know this because for the first time in my entire life I got a cold sore. It was a shock, but when I asked a girl who I was recently seeing, she said that she has always been getting them since she was a little girl. That left no doubt in my mind. I was very frustrated at the time, but then a bigger fear started hitting me. The day I felt "tingling" on my lip I performed oral sex on her. Of course at the time I didn't know the tingling would lead to a cold sore since I've never had one before. My fear is did I give it to her genitally? and also, I had sex with her after (with a condom) but for a brief moment there was unprotected skin to skin contact...did I maybe pass it on to myself genitally as well? I'm new to all this and have no idea. I'd appreciate any help.

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wallarookiller

It is possible but probably not likely. Stay protected and keep an eye out for anything strange and if you do notice something go see a doctor immediatly.

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