Sexually Transmitted Infections
I get cold sores. Can I pass these onto others if I give someone else oral sex?
Yes. Cold sores are a symptom of herpes simplex virus type 1, which can be spread to the genitals through oral sex. Herpes simplex virus type 2 is the kind of herpes that purely affects the genitals. Using protection like condoms and dental dams can help prevent the spread of herpes.
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