[Question #5786] herpes 1 and how it spreads

19 months ago
I smoked a cigarette with two friends last night and woke up with a cold sore. Is it possible that i spread it to them too? It's only kissing and sexual contact right? exposure to air kills it too?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
I think it is extremely unlikely that you would have transmitted the cold sore virus to your friends in this way.  Usually smoking doesn't involve much exchange of saliva and it's difficult to know if you were shedding virus at the time you shared the cigarette.  I would say the chance of transmission in this situation is very low.

Terri
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19 months ago
this was tearing me apart so badly. i self harmed and haven't eaten for well over 24 hours. thanks for letting me know.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
I'm so sorry you were hurting badly!  If I had to bet, I would probably bet one million dollars that you did not infect your friends.

Terri
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Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
Are you hearing me and listening to me?  Please let me know that you are OK.

Terri
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19 months ago
I'm okay now. I scratched at my chest and stomach but I'm treating that now and will see a doctor ASAP about treatments and stuff.

thanks for checking up on me that was really kind of you <3
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
You're welcome, take care.

Terri
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