Helped Over 500,000 patients with 98%+ satisfaction.

Connect & Get Personalized 1-to-1 Answers from Expert Doctors

DoctorSpring > Question Home

Chances of HERPES2 COLDSORE with previous HERPES 1.

Resolved Question:

While my boyfriend and I have had Herpes 1 for a long time, we never had any outbreaks until a week ago when I had a very painful cold sore. Neither of us have seen other people except that I recently spend time with my girlfriends, on vacation, and shared drinks with them. Now am paranoid that I might have caught Herpes 2 and that is what caused my cold sore.
What are your thoughts?

Category: Family Physician-GP

Ask Your Own Question

Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
 25 Doctors Online

Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Where did you get the cold sore? Cold sore in the mouth is suggestive of herpes 1 infection and not herpes 2.
HSV-2 infection can only be transmitted through sexual contact with someone who has active herpes 2 infection. The symptoms are sores around the genitalia, and a rash extending up to the anus.
Feel free to discuss further,

Patient replied :

The cold sore was on my lower lip on my mouth. I have tried to attach a picture. Very painful and as I mentioned, although I have had herpes 1 for some time, I have never had an outbreak until this one, leading me to fear that I might have been infected with something else, like herpes 2, that caused this outbreak.

This looks like a typical cold sore due to herpes 1 infection.
Do not worry about herpes 2. It can only be transmitted sexually on contact with an infected partner.
You can take Valacyclovir as per your physician's guidance to resolve the cold sore.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy and 4 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

Users who read this, also read:

Make informed and better medical decisions.

Join the 500,000 people who found a smarter, quicker way to get Answers, Recommendations & Expert Opinions.

Expert Doctors at fingertips

Recommendation on next step. Second-opinion.Multi-specialty.

Save Time

Average time for answers: 6 hours.

Save Money

$35 for typical specialist consult vs. $120 for a local appointment.

Free Follow-ups

Clarify, ask further questions for free in private conversation.

100% Satisfaction

Money back guarantee for the 1st reply. MEDNET Quality Board.

Start My Consultation



Doctor Spring is a novel online Doctor consultation platform where you can get your medical questions answered by leading Doctors. Just Submit your question and rest assured that you will consult a Doctor easily. Once you submit the question, the Doctor from the concerned specialty will reply within hours. You can always ask more questions or add details with follow-up question options and make it an online doctor chat. You may use this service to consult a specialty or for getting medical second opinion. All paid services come with a MEDNET quality assurance and 100% money back guarantee.

DoctorSpring in news