Reddit Cold Sores and the Herpes Simplex Virus Herpes simplex is a type of herpes virus that can cause many conditions. Two of the most commonest ones are cold sores and genital herpes. The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious and spreads through skin-to-skin contact. You can contract the herpes simplex virus in several different ways. The following activities can cause cold sores: Kissing someone with a cold sore Sharing lip products, utensils or cups with someone who has a cold sore Giving oral sex to someone who has genital herpes The following activities can cause genital herpes:
This can result in the disease taking hold in the tissues surrounding the contact area, and some infections are more likely to affect the mouth than others. The most common STDs of the mouth are herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Keep in mind it's also possible to contract illnesses such as Hepatitis A, B and C, as well as other gastrointestinal infections. Method of Transmission The main method of transmitting STDs of the mouth is through contact with bodily fluids.