Recommended wait between cold sore healing and oral sex
June 20, 2014 2:00 PM Subscribe
Is there a recommended waiting time between a cold sore healing and performing oral sex on someone who may not have HSV-1? Does the answer change if Abreva warded off the cold sore before it actually appeared?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm dating someone new, and I've disclosed that I get cold sores. I've also told her about the low-but-existent risk of oral HSV-1 causing genital infection. She still wants to date me, which is great, but I'm terrified of infecting her (or anyone for that matter).
Google has only told me not to kiss or perform oral sex when you have an active sore (gee whiz), but I sort of doubt there's no difference between virus shedding three days after a sore is healed/prevented by drugs and three months after. Is there a standard protocol here? Or a reasonably cautious one?
(Snowflake details: I average 3-4 Abreva-thwarted cold sores a year. I felt a definite pre-cold sore tingle about three weeks ago, applied 4-5 spaced doses, and no sore ever formed. But I'm scared that stopping 2 doses after the tingle was gone didn't really stop all the viral shedding. I have no hard evidence because there's no redness or anything, but occasionally I'll have a day where several times, I'll feel an ambiguous phantom tingle in the same spot, worry, and then calm down when I feel something similar on my cheek or something. Yesterday I caved, began 4 doses of Abreva, and haven't felt anything since, but that could be the placebo effect solving an imaginary problem. I have major hypochondriac tendencies, but the thing with those is, you could always be right.)