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The Shy One
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Today I woke up with what I think is a cold sore. The corner of my mouth has been sore for a few days and I thought it was just cracked and dry, but today it looks weird. I'm terrified I'm going to get genital herpes. Last night my boyfriend and I were making out and he went down on me (I didn't give him head though)... I'm paranoid that I'm going to get genital herpes if this is indeed a cold sore. Someone said I should go to the doctor and get put on Valtrex incase... is this necessary?
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Well, Valtrex only prevents the SYMPTOMS of herpes -- as in, cold sores -- it cannot prevent transmission, per se.

If you suspect you have oral herpes, you should see your doctor regardless. And if you and your partner are not keeping current with your yearly STI screenings -- especially if you haven't been practicing safer sex with latex barriers -- then you BOTH should do that as well, regardless.

If you do, in fact, have oral herpes, you can talk to your doctor about medications like valtrex which help reduce the number of coldsore breakouts, and you can also ask about how to start practicing safer sex AND about how to be aware of when an outbreak may be coming. Per giving yourself genital herpes from your own oral herpes, that's not so likely, but CAN be an issue if, for instance, you have oral herpes, give IT to a partner (or your partner already had it), and then they transmit herpes to you genitally. But again, all of these things can be asked directly of your general physican or gynecologist.

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