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Can oral herpes be prevented?

Oral herpes develops as a result of the herpes simplex virus type 1. Since the virus is contagious, you should take steps to prevent infection. Do not kiss or share personal items with anyone who has a cold sore. If you already have the virus, be aware of things that can bring on an outbreak, like stress or overexposure to the sun.

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Where can cold sores develop?
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Is a fever blister on the mouth, herpes simplex 1?
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If I have cold sores, does that protect me from genital herpes?
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If I have a cold sore, how long is it contagious?
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