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How can I prevent getting cold sores?

To prevent contracting the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores: Avoid kissing someone with a cold sore; Avoid oral sex if your partner has genital herpes; and; Avoid sharing food, cutlery and other personal items of people with cold sores.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Genital herpes

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