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pink35
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I have a cold sore in my mouth, and I gave my boyfriend a blow job. How likely is it that he will get herpes from it? I'm really nervous about this and I know he is too
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quote:
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I have a cold sore in my mouth, and I gave my boyfriend a blow job. How likely is it that he will get herpes from it? I'm really nervous about this and I know he is too


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If you are having an active sore, and you had unprotected oral sex, it is possible that you have transmitted HSV to your partner. However, we cannot tell you how likely that is.

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When would we find out about it and is there anything we can do now? My cold sore is in the inside and bottom part of my mouth so would that change it?
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Are you sure this is a herpes sore rather than, for example, a mouth ulcer?

If it's a herpes sore: there's nothing you can do after having unprotected contact. For the future, if you have an active cold sore, you'll want to pass on sexual contact involving your mouth until it heals up, or use a barrier like a condom during oral sex to reduce the chance of transmitting the virus. Once you've had the virus, it stays in your body, so even when you don't have an active sore there's a chance of transmitting the virus. If that's not a chance you and a partner want to take, again, the way to reduce that risk is to use barriers.

More people than not carry the herpes virus: many people pick it up in childhood. The only way to know if someone has the herpes virus is if they have an outbreak and have it diagnosed by a healthcare professional while they have that active outbreak. Some people don't show any symptoms after acquiring the virus. For the majority of people, having herpes is not serious; if your boyfriend doesn't have a health condition where his immune system is compromised, there's no need for you both to have big worry about this.

Have you already seen our information about herpes? If not, this might help you out some:
The STI Files: Herpes

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I think this is a canker sore so is that completely different and can't cause herpes?
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They're completely different. Canker sores are nothing to do with herpes: the herpes virus causes cold sores, not canker sores. Canker sores aren't contagious.

How about checking out this info?
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/basics/definition/con-20021262
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310

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Okay thank you!
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You're very welcome [Smile]

Just adding, too, that oral sex does present risks of STI transmission, and that most often people with STIs don't have symptoms. Using barriers greatly reduces the risk of STI transmission. For the scoop on barriers, check out All the Barriers! All the Time!

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