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WhatsHappening
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Here is the story.
I first noticed a tingling sensation 3 days ago. Not to my surprise i developed a sore on my lip. Now what is worrying me is the fact that i was kissing my girlfriend 4 days ago. I kissed her alot of the lips and only gave one quick kiss to the vulva. Is it possible that the virus was active? If so will she get it genitally? Is HSV-1 as severe on the genitals? Thank you.

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Redskies
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We can't really know if the virus was active one day before the tingling started. Once the tingling started, then yes, that's the virus being active.

The herpes virus can be transmitted mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-genitals. Transmission is most likely when someone has an active sore, but still possible even when they have no symptoms. We have more info here: The STI Files: Herpes

We can't know whether she acquired the virus from that contact, or from any contact you both might have had in the past. (She may also already carry the virus, as many people pick up oral herpes in childhood.) You and your girlfriend will just want to talk about what level of risk you both are and aren't comfortable with. Using barriers reduces the risk of transmission - check out All the Barriers! All the Time!

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WhatsHappening
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Thanks for answering! So if she hasnt gotten anything and its been 5 days since we kissed is she in the clear?
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Karybu
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Well, as Redskies said, she may already have the virus, there's no way for us to know that. But if she doesn't show any symptoms after a week or so, then it's unlikely that she will.

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Thank you guys so much. Very helpful [Smile]
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