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    If someone has a a cold sore and kisses their partner and gives them oral sex, would their partner get the herpes virus on both their mouth and their genitals? I have just found out that I have herpes. My partner thinks that a spot near my lips was a cold sore and that is how the virus was transmitted (when I gave him oral sex, and then he went inside me). I'm SURE it was only a spot though. And to my reasoning, if it was a cold sore that caused the virus in the genitals, surely it would cause it in the mouth too when I kissed him?

    I'm a bit confused about what's supposed to have happened.

    Have you ever had a cold sore? They're very common, and are distinctly different from having a spot.

    They're caused by two strains of HSV, herpes simplex virus. Type I is the most common and usually produces cold sores around the mouth and face, and Type II is often responsible for cold sores on the genitals. Each type usually only produces cold sores in one location: although Type I can produce sores on the genitals, if you've had them on the mouth, for example, you are unlikely to get them on the genitals too.

    Most people have at least one, often caught as children, and once they've got it no-one else can 'give it' to them again - there's only a narrow 'window' before your body produces antibodies that stop it happening.
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