Finally, if you have a cold sore and put your mouth on your partners genitals (oral sex), you can give your partner genital herpes. For those who recognize their symptoms, asymptomatic transmission appears to be far less likely than spreading the virus when lesions are present. HSV-1 causes small, clear blisters (also known as cold sores, fever blisters, or oral herpes) on the skin. The course of recurrent herpes infections is usually shorter than the primary one. Experts advise that people with active cold sores around the mouth always wash their hands before touching the genitals or buttocks. Chances are about 50/50 that you won’t have another outbreak. The flu-like symptoms are terrible, but you only get that the first time. HSV-1, which is typically oral herpes, although one can get HSV-1 on the genitals, too. You can self-innoculate with herpes (i.e. touch a blister then your eyes), so handwashing and being vigilant is important.
HSV type 2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes. However, HSV type 1 can cause genital herpes, usually caused by oral-genital sexual contact with a person who has the oral HSV-1 infection, and HSV type 2 can cause cold sores. The herpes virus can also be spread by touching the sores and then touching another part of the body. HSV can cause sores near the mouth (oral herpes or cold sores), or sores on the genitals (genital herpes). In rare instances, HSV may be spread by touch, if someone touches an active cold sore and then immediately touches the baby. Babies are most at risk from neonatal herpes if the mother contracts genital HSV for the first time late in pregnancy. There are more than 25 STDs caused by many different bacteria and viruses. One thing is clear: If you get an unusual discharge, sore, or rash, especially in the pubic area, you should stop having sex and see a doctor right away. Some ways that can happen are if your mouth or vagina touches infected fluids, such as semen or fluid from a partner’s anus. Genital herpes can increase the risk of HIV infection.
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by a virus. On average, people who get cold sores have 2 or 3 episodes a year, but this figure can vary significantly from person to person. It is possible to spread the virus to other parts of your body if you touch the blisters and then touch yourself elsewhere. The virus that causes cold sores, herpes simplex 1, can also be spread to the genitals during oral sex, leading to genital herpes.