Oral Herpes

Patient : Me and a girl have been getting closer and I have found out she has herpes. If she has no cold sores would we still be able to kiss without me getting the disease?
Doctor :   I know how worry you are about Herpes transmission. Herpes is an infection that is caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV ). Oral herpes causes cold sores around the mouth or face. The sores begin as blisters and are often grouped in clusters. After the blister stage, they break open and form ulcers in the skin or mucous membranes. Crusts or scabs form over the ulcers and eventually fall off and the tissue heals. The typical primary outbreak will last 2-3 weeks. A good point to remind is more transmissible if the person has a cold sore but it can also be contagious if there is none. Usually the outbreaks are less common as the patient gets older and if the immune system is not altered by any other condition, it is also know that stress could cause the virus to become active again and cause an outbreak. I hope I clear your doubt.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi Doctor, I am 37 year old male and I have been in a relationship for 7 years. I had an sti test at the start of the...

Q: Wanting advice on whether I have an STI. Near the opening of my penis on one side there is a raised bump that is not ...

Q: Hi , I'm in a long distance relationship with my partner who was just tested for std's for the first time. After the ...

Q: I've one wart on my anus, but I've been in a monogamous relationship for > 20 yrs. Neither of us has ever had geni...

Q: Around rim of my penis head is red


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon