Can You Get Cold Sores Without Having Herpes?

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Oral Sex & Herpes Transmission

News that increasing numbers of Australians practice oral sex brought a warning from The New Zealand Herpes Foundation about mouth-to-genital transmission. Research conducted in New Zealand has established that one in every three cases of genital herpes is caused by the Type-1 virus, commonly associated with cold sores.

 

According to sexual health professor Basil Donovan of the University of New South Wales, Australia, 90 percent of people under the age of 30 try oral sex. "Among teenagers...

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