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My girlfriend has herpes type 1 and gets cold sores on her lips. Although she gets them infrequently (about 1 a year) I am still worried I am going to get it from her. I have never had a visible cold sore but me and my girlfriend are pretty sexual and have unprotected sex/oral sex frequently (never with a present cold sore though). Should I not worry because cold sores are so common anyways and only take precautions when she has an outbreak? Thanks

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OhmyGosh

Well just to let you know yes cold sores are common, but take it seriously. I got HSV1 genitally from my ex he always got cold sores and we just wouldn't kiss when he had them this was in high school. I've known him for ten years. but he hadn't had them in like 2 years, and we had sex he used his saliva for lubrication and boom i get herpes. HSV1 is very contagious in the mouth, but not so much in the genitals so lucky me!!! so just know you might get it. the first outbreak is not fun but i haven't had another, and hopefully i won't. well good luck!

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marriedwchildren

I totally agree with Ohmygosh, I to have been married for 24 years my hubby had cold sores since a child. And i was never exposed to herpes either type 1 or 2, and he had a cold sore 8 days earlier thought he was healed and there was no visible sore and 3 days later I had my first outbreak. yes, it took us 24 years of us being careful and having a good sex life for it to happen but it does happen. Now before i scare you off of having a normal sex life, the first thing you need to do is get tested yourself, find out your herpes status, most people already have been exposed to herpes type 1, if you find out you have that same strain as your g/f then you can rest easy knowing that it is highly unusual that she can give it to you in your genital area. I am no doctor, but the research shows that you cannot ping pong the same strain back and forth to each other. Do your homework, knowledge is power. Take care.

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chevyMisty

I got genital herpes from my husband's cold sore. Of course he had one at the time and I had told him no...but still. I got it from him. The weird thing is...I had been kissing him all damn day. It was our wedding day. I don't have cold sores, but lucky me gets genital herpes from one short kiss downstairs.

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MsLucy

"So if your really worried have her rub an outbreak against your elbow or something. You'll get an outbreak there and you'll have the virus and antibodies in your system without infecting such an area as you lips of genitals."

Angel, what an awesome idea! Doing that could prevent so many problems. I'll have to remember that one to share with my son. Thanks.

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