Cold sores are blisters around the mouth and nose, caused by the herpes simplex virus. One-third of infected people experience cold sores, which are a recurrence of the earlier infection and do not indicate recent infection. Oral herpes (cold sores) is USUALLY HSV Type I, but not always. So it is no surprise that I have a cold sore, but I’m scared that I gave my boyfriend herpes, because we had pretty intense make outs and I gave him oral sex. Cold sores are only caught by direct skin contact with the affected area, not through sharing cups, cutlery, towels, etc. Experts are clear about this, though you may see the opposite being stated on the internet or in leaflets from others.
I got genital herpes because my partner thought that cold sores didn’t count. An individual with HSV who is asymptomatic will not have a cold sore, but an asymptomatic person can transmit herpes. A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Let’s get over the fact they’re caused by the herpes virus. We all know it, and that aspect gets far too much attention.
Cold Sores Are Herpes Too