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?