I have a cold sore and I used my spit to touch my vagina….

……can I get genital herpes? Help please I’m freaking out

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

The only way that the virus could be transmitted would be for there to be direct skin to skin contact.  Saliva does not transmit Herpes.

If there is sexual contact happening, it’s important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms ore dental dams during oral sex to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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