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Cold sores, herpes infection on lips. Possible to contract it without having sexual relations?

my ex-fianceƩ told me she had suddenly developed cold soars ( herpes ) on her lips .... she swears she has no physical intimate contact with anyone .. she is a doctor so she tells me that it is a possibility that she could have picked up the virus from somewhere ?? she is a dentist .. is it true you can suddenly develop cold soars without having sexual relations ?
Asked On : Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jul 2012
Hi there.

Your ex-fiancee is absolutely on the ball...yes you can develop 'cold sores' sans sexual relations.

All Herpetic infections are not sexually transmitted.

Earlier there was a notion that HSV2 was sexually transmitted & affected the genitalia & HSV1 appeared on the lips & was non-sexually transmitted but with the sexual practices having changed worldwide, this does not hold true anymore.

One can do a serum (blood) IgG & IgM test to figure out the titres & type of HSV & this will give you a clue. Besides it will tell you recent infection or old infection

Wish you both good health! Cheers!

Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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