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.
With a single encounter, also unlikely
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?
Passionate kisses can transmit virus even if no sores are present. Casual pecks on the lip or checks will not transmit virus nor casual contact with others.
Is it okay to kiss babies when I don’t have a sore present?
A peck kiss is just fine, with lips closed
Is it safe to give unprotected oral to my boyfriend ever again? (If I am HSV1 positive oral and he has no HSV1)
If he is willing to take a small risk yes but wouldn’t it be better for him to be tested to find out for sure?
Do you think people who have coldsores on the mouth a couple times a year should go on anti-virals to minimise transmission?
Good question. If you boyfriend does test negative, and he is concerned about getting HSV 1 genitally, then yes, you could consider daily antiviral medicine to reduce the risk of infecting him through oral sex. Certainly