Cold sores and autoinoculation

Worried too much? Community Member March 10, 2007
  • I have gotten cold sores for years.  I recently found out that you can "spread" the herpes virus to other parts of your own body.  Now I am paranoid of spreading my infection to my genitals.  I try very diligently to wash my hands before and after touching a sore or putting medicine on a cold sore, but I am sure there are times I do not realize I have touched my mouth.  And now my paranoia has gotten the best of me.  I am beginning to wonder what if I scratched my genitals in my sleep after I touched a sore?  Or, what if I don't yet have a coldsore and I touch myself.  I guess my question is how common is transferring herpes from oral to genitals on one's self? And should I worry about this when no coldsore is present?
3 Comments
  • Jeannie May
    Apr. 15, 2007

    Autoinoculation is possible but if you have had it for years it is highly unlikely. See the quote and link below.

     

    Regards

     

    Jeannie May

    Herpes Peer Support & Awareness Campaigger

     

    Quote:

    Genital herpes can spread from one part of your body to another.

    Fact: You can potentially spread the virus by touching a genital herpes sore and then...

    RHMLucky777

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    Autoinoculation is possible but if you have had it for years it is highly unlikely. See the quote and link below.

     

    Regards

     

    Jeannie May

    Herpes Peer Support & Awareness Campaigger

     

    Quote:

    Genital herpes can spread from one part of your body to another.

    Fact: You can potentially spread the virus by touching a genital herpes sore and then another part of your body, which is called autoinoculation. This is particularly true during a primary initial outbreak (the first outbreak of genital herpes in people who have never been exposed to the herpes virus before). In general, autoinoculation is very

    uncommon after the primary initial outbreak, because your immune system has been established against herpes simplex. If possible, avoid contact with the sores. Practice normal hygienic precautions, i.e. wash your hands with soap after touching your genitals, going to the washroom, etc.

     

    Source:

    http://www.herpesresourcecenter.com/mvf.html

    • MPT
      MPT
      Oct. 07, 2013

      I HAD COLD SORE IN MY MOUTH AND SOME GENITAL ULCER ,MY BLOOD TEST RESULT HSV 1 POSITIVE MY QUSTION 1. AFTER PRIMARY INFECTION OUT BREAK IS IT ANY CHANCE TO COME AGAIN GENITAL AREA BECAUSE OF MY HSV 1? 2.I HAD SMALL BLISTER ON MY SHOULDER AFTER IT HEALS ANY POSSIBLITY TO CONTAGIOUS TO OTHER? IF ITS POSSIBLE IF CAN SPREAT OVER MY DRESS? 3.IF I DONT HAVE GENITAL...

      RHMLucky777

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      I HAD COLD SORE IN MY MOUTH AND SOME GENITAL ULCER ,MY BLOOD TEST RESULT HSV 1 POSITIVE MY QUSTION 1. AFTER PRIMARY INFECTION OUT BREAK IS IT ANY CHANCE TO COME AGAIN GENITAL AREA BECAUSE OF MY HSV 1? 2.I HAD SMALL BLISTER ON MY SHOULDER AFTER IT HEALS ANY POSSIBLITY TO CONTAGIOUS TO OTHER? IF ITS POSSIBLE IF CAN SPREAT OVER MY DRESS? 3.IF I DONT HAVE GENITAL SORE AFTER TREATMENT THAT TIME CAN IT SPREAT TO MY SPOUSE DURING INTERCOURSE? 

  • BrendanS
    Mar. 12, 2007

    Dear Worried too much?:

     

    I have forwarded your inquiry on to a more knowledgeable expert. In the meantime, you might find more generalized assistance in this link, http://www.healthcentral.com/genital-herpes/introduction-000052_3-145.html, regarding the possible modes of herpes transmission. Likewise, you might find more helpful information here: http://www.healthcentral.com/common/frame.html?url=http://www.herpes-foundation.org/...

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    Dear Worried too much?:

     

    I have forwarded your inquiry on to a more knowledgeable expert. In the meantime, you might find more generalized assistance in this link, http://www.healthcentral.com/genital-herpes/introduction-000052_3-145.html, regarding the possible modes of herpes transmission. Likewise, you might find more helpful information here: http://www.healthcentral.com/common/frame.html?url=http://www.herpes-foundation.org/

     

    I hope this helps.

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