Imagine the situation: you have been dating someone for like half a year, you enjoy each other and things are getting quite serious. Then you just find out that your partner has cold sores since he/she was a kid. Would you get scared about that? Do you think it’s something that’s breakup worthy?
Let’s at first get things clear and recall what cold sores really is. Cold sores are tiny blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. The herpes simplex virus strain HSV-1 normally causes them. They usually clear within 7 to 10 days without treatment. The virus is highly contagious and can be passed on through close direct contact.
Sounds not very pleasant but actually, it’s not that terrible. Yeah, cold sores are the worst during its outbreak. Let’s see what can trigger it:
- Eating certain foods (sugar, caffeine, chocolate)
So if you’re afraid that the virus we’ll be transmitted to you, do not give any chocolate to your partner lol. Well, actually you just should stay away from kisses and oral sex during the outbreak, don’t share forks, knives, spoons, glasses, towels, lip balm, or razors.
The funny thing is that you might already have it because it is so common nowadays and you will not even have the symptoms.
Here are some basic facts
- About 50% of people have oral HSV1 (cold sores) by early adulthood and something like 80% by middle age.
Some people really don’t know that they have it, while others have only one outbreak in their lives and that’s it.
- As it was mentioned above, you should forget about kisses and oral sex during a breakout. But the interesting thing is that the virus can be spread even when there are no symptoms, and that is why so many people catch it without even knowing about it.
- The thing is that probably around half of the people you have ever kissed in your life carried the virus.
Long story short, if you think that cold sores is an issue and it’s breakup worthy then you just have to stop kissing people forever unless they show you a negative HSV report lol.
Still thinking that’s an issue? Come on, even if you did catch the virus from your loved one, is it really the end of the world? 😉