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HELP STOP THE SPREAD

The first question people ask is, “Are cold sores contagious?” The answer is yes. HSV-1 is as easy to spread as it is tough to fight.

The cold sore virus can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. It sneaks into your body through a mucous membrane in your mouth or damaged skin. It then remains dormant inside a nerve in your cheek until a cold sore trigger awakens it.

FALSE. HSV-1 is a form of the herpes simplex virus that usually affects the lips or mouth, but can spread to the eyes or genitals. This does not mean you have genital herpes as this is caused by the other form of the virus, HSV-2.

FALSE. HSV-1 is a form of the herpes simplex virus that usually affects the lips or mouth, but can spread to the eyes or genitals. This does not mean you have genital herpes as this is caused by the other form of the virus, HSV-2.

FALSE. Cold sores are contagious from the first tingle until completely healed.

FALSE. Cold sores are contagious from the first tingle until completely healed.

You can stop the spread and protect others from the virus by following these simple and effective tips