[Question #7506] Herpes from cold sore

4 months ago
I have a cold sore and I masturbated 4 days using my saliva.  Can I pass herpes to my genitals through this act.  If so how long before sores will appear.  Thank you
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
4 months ago
That would be highly unlikely.  Once you have HSV 1 in one location, is would be truly unusual to get it in a new location.  The time from infection to sores appearing is 2-10 days, most often.

Terri
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4 months ago
Thank you very much for your response.  For my clarity.  After 10 days has passed there would be no chance of sores appearing?  Thank you
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
4 months ago
Some people list 14 days as the outside limit, but I've personally never seen herpes take that long to show up.

Terri
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