I think I have paid for this but let me know if my payments aren’t up to date.
This week I have had what I’m almost certain is a cold sore on my chin for the first time. My mum has had them nearly all her life and always kissed me as a child so it’s a miracle I didn’t pop up in one until now really!
My boyfriend is pretty sure he’s also had them on his lip before but has never had a blood test. I am just a little concerned as I gave him oral sex when the sore on my chin was present (at the time we didn’t think it was a coldsore, just a spot that I picked.)
He’s not too bothered about it, but I’m very worried I could have infected him genitaly with HSV1. If he has a long established HSV1 infection orally already, is it likely he could also be infected genitally by oral sex?
Or if he mistook spots in the past on his face for coldsores and isn’t actually HSV1 positive orally, how likely is it that I could have infected him from one brief encounter with the coldsore on my chin.
Lastly, how can I protect others from catching this off me? I know it’s very common but would still feel guilty if I passed it on. If I put a coldsore plaster on the cold sore, can people still catch it from kissing my lips? Or is it purely the sore that is contagious?
Is it okay to kiss babies when I don’t have a sore present?
Is it safe to give unprotected oral to my boyfriend ever again? (If I am HSV1 positive oral and he has no HSV1)
Do you think people who have coldsores on the mouth a couple times a year should go on anti-virals to minimise transmission?
Thank you so much Terri