How Do You Get Oral Herpes: Just The Facts

how do you get oral herpes

Um, Kate? What's that on your mouth? Source: So Kiss Me

Whether you call them cold sores, fever blisters, or just “Oh God, what is that on my face?!,” one thing’s for sure: oral herpes can erase your smile (and make you want to hide your mouth) quicker than anything.

There are a lot of myths out there about oral herpes–some people think the blisters are a sign that somebody’s “easy.” So not true! In fact, most people actually get the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores by the time they’re in high school–and no, it’s not just girls who make out a lot!

So how do you get oral herpes? What can you do about it? Here are all the facts:

  • Not all kinds of herpes are the same. Just because someone has oral herpes, it absolutely does not mean they have genital herpes, too!


  • The cold sores associated with oral herpes contain infected virus particles–which is why if you kiss someone with an active blister or share their lip balm or lip stick, the herpes can spread to your mouth, too.


The dreaded cold sore! Source: ChildrensMD


  • Once you get oral herpes, the virus stays in you forever, but the symptoms (cold sores!) will likely go away completely or only come back once in a great while.




  • There is no cure for oral herpes, but some over the counter creams like Abreva can help make the sores go away faster.
  • It’s incredibly rare, but you can get genital herpes from oral sex, if an active cold sore makes contact with your vaginal skin. Use condoms to be safe!



It’s pretty darn hard to avoid getting oral herpes in your life–but if you want to try, don’t kiss anybody with an active sore on their mouth, and definitely don’t share their lipsticks or lip balms either! And if you do get a little blister once in a while? It’s not that big of a deal. Just slap a little cover up on it, and you’re all good!

Have you ever had a fever blister? What did you do about it? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Allison

    I have been getting cold sores since I was 5 or 6. And I was not easy with boys I didn’t have my first kiss that young. And cold sores suck like really bad mostly when people misunderstand or judge you because you have one.

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  • Solange

    I remember having those gross fever blisters since I was at least about six or seven years old…every time it was picture time at school, there they were…and sometimes I had like 2 or 3 at a time…it was certainly not caused by being easy with boys, because I was so shy and still is…lol…but it’s true that you get less as you get older, but I still get them, as a matter of fact, I’m trying to get one to go away right now

  • Pissed and Confused

    Last week i was diagnosed wit genital herpes…the screwed up part is ive been in a “committed relationship” for almost 3 years! So of course comes the admission of cheating but the bitch he cheated with is pregnant and claims to not have it….so beyond the fact that this is a freakin Jerry Springer episode waitin to happen…. if the bitch doesnt hv it…..HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET IT AND IVE NOT CHEATED?!?!?!?!?