I’ve always gotten cold sores on my lips and I have some now. When I give my boyfriend oral sex, can he get herpes from my cold sores? Is it bad to give him oral sex when I have cold sores, or are oral and genital herpes two different kinds of herpes?. British Medical Journal: Reducing the Transmission of Genital Herpes. Genital Herpes vs Cold Sores There are at least nine viruses in the Herpes family that cause infection in humans. Genital Herpes is considered by some to be epidemic and spreading at an estimated rate of a half million people per year.