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Mathilde
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Hi again. [Smile] I recently had a little sore on the corner of my mouth (it's gone now, however), and I'm wondering if it's a cold sore or a fever blister? What is the difference between the two, and how can I tell? I would like to know the difference because if I have oral herpes, I want to protect my partner later on when and if I decide to give him oral sex.

I know to use a condom for oral sex and I plan to, but I just want to know which of the two this sore may have been. I haven't preformed oral sex, so if I do have oral herpes, it isn't sexually transmitted, just to clear that up. [Smile]

Sorry if this is at all confusing. Just curious!

Thanks!

ps. Sorry about the rant, and if this is in the wrong forum. [Frown]

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(This probably would have gone better in Sexual Health and Basics, but that's OK)

Actually, cold sores are also known as fever blisters. Have you kissed someone recently with a open sore? Even without one, the herpes simplex 1 virus can still be transmitted, it's just not as likely. But if you have no performed oral sex, than it is possible that you have oral herpes.

Really, you should always use protection for oral sex, whether or not you are infected. In this case, it'd be a good idea to get a full STD screening to verify, and to avoid kissing anyone while you have sores present.

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quote:
Actually, cold sores are also known as fever blisters. Have you kissed someone recently with a open sore? Even without one, the herpes simplex 1 virus can still be transmitted, it's just not as likely. But if you have no performed oral sex, than it is possible that you have oral herpes.
The only people I have kissed are relatives (just little pecks, obviously) and my current boyfriend, and I don't think they've had open sores on their lips. However, I may've picked it up as a child, unknowingly.

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Really, you should always use protection for oral sex, whether or not you are infected. In this case, it'd be a good idea to get a full STD screening to verify, and to avoid kissing anyone while you have sores present.
I plan to use condoms whether or not I have oral herpes, as it's just safer that way. Plus, I don't really have the funds to get screened right now. For now, I'm steering clear of oral sex in general, for me and him. I want to avoid any situations that might bring a majour health risk.
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