Can You Get Genital Herpes From a Cold Sore?enteens out what the experts have to say.infertility, signs and symptoms, treatments, bacteria, blood, urine, penis, prick, dick, vagina, anus, anal sex, urethra, viruses, sores, warts, vaginitis, vaginal itch, cervix, ovaries, pain in genitals, itching in genitals, uterus, testicles, scrotum, crabs, contagious, herpes, hsv-2, hsv-1, cold sores, std, stds, sexually transmitted disease, diseases from sex09/17/200708/29/201708/29/2017Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC01/14/20158d771c19-fb37-4739-a5f7-80d11bcf9b57<p><em>Can you get genital herpes from a cold sore?<br /> </em>– <em>Lucy*</em></p> <p>Yes — it is possible to get genital herpes from oral sex.</p> <p>Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes viruses — HSV-1 and HSV-2. Genital herpes is usually caused by HSV-2; oral herpes (cold sores) is usually caused by HSV-1.</p> <p>However, genital herpes can also be caused by HSV-1. Someone with HSV-1 can transmit the virus through oral contact with another person's genitals, anus, or mouth, even if they don't have sores that are visible at the time.</p> <p>Other than abstinence (not having sex) the best way to help prevent herpes is to use a condom during any type of sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). Girls should&nbsp;have their partners use a dental dam every time they receive oral sex to help protect against genital herpes. And if either partner has a sore, it's best to not have sex until the sore has cleared up.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
Cold Sores (HSV-1)Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are pretty common and lots of people get them. So what causes them and what can you do?
CondomsCondoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Genital HerpesGenital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There's no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help control it.
If Someone With Herpes Has No Sores, Can It Still Be Passed On?Find out what the experts have to say.
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Talking to Your Partner About CondomsSome people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.
Talking to Your Partner About STDsYou know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts. But what if the thought of having "the talk" makes you nervous? These tips can help.
What's a Dental Dam?Find out what the experts have to say.
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