I had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with someone who told me they had no STDs……

…… About two days later I got a cold sore on my mouth…however this is common for me. Could this mean I may have contracted genital herpes that has just shown up on my mouth first?

Good question. While it is hard to know exactly what is going on, we can clear up a few things regarding Herpes.

There are two different types of Herpes.  Herpes type 1 is cold sores on the mouth, and it is generally not sexually transmitted.  It is very common and many people get Herpes type 1 non sexually.  So, it is very possible that if cold sores on the mouth is common for you, this is Herpes type 1.

Herpes type 2 presents itself as sores on the genitals, and can be transmitted through skin to skin contact.   So if someone has sores on their genitals, and unprotected oral sex occurs, it could be transmitted to the mouth.

To know for sure, someone can get tested for Herpes by having the open sore swabbed and sent out for testing. If you want to get tested you can make an appointment at Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160