Dating when you have a cold sore can embarrassing. But embarrassment shouldnt stop you from telling a sexual partner if you feel one coming on or there is one hidden behind your lip. Even if youre on the mend, cold sores are highly contagious and may do more than just transmit the infection to your partner.
Should you disclose HSV-1?
“In order to help decrease the spread, it is important to disclose any STI (including herpes) to any sexual partner, so they can make the informed decision to proceed or not,” Dr. Gelow said. “Being able to freely talk about these conditions makes it easier to disclose to potential sexual partners.”
Can you spread a cold sore to your partner?
If a person has cold sores on their lips, they can transmit them to their partners mouth during kissing. They can also transmit them to their partners genitals during oral sex. Similarly, a genital HSV-1 infection can be transmitted to a partners genitals or their mouth. HSV-2 oral infections are possible.
What are the chances of passing a cold sore?
Whether you are susceptible to recurrent cold sores or carry the virus but are never symptomatic, can be down to genes, reveals OMahony. Once youve contracted the virus, your likelihood of getting symptoms is 99% inherited, he explains.
How do I have a cold sore if I havent kissed anyone?
Most of us pick up the virus through sharing food with or kissing someone who has a cold sore. However, you can also get infected from someone who doesnt have a visible sore, because some infected people have the virus in their saliva even when they dont have cold sores.