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I get random cold sores but I have been taking medicine to suppress them everyday since May. Yesterday, my boyfriend told me that he thinks he has herpes from me giving him oral sex. Two weeks ago, he experienced swollen lymph nodes in his neck and a sore throat. Now he has small random red bumps in his pubic area that have been there for a week and a half. At first it itched, now it does not. I haven't had a cold sore in almost two months. Could this be herpes?


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replied July 16th, 2012
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A37169
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The Herpes infection is contagious especially if there has been an outbreak in the infected person due to intimate contact with the infected person or from the fluid from the sores or blisters or body fluid. The infection can also spread in between the outbreaks from an asymptomatic person. If your partner has symptoms suggestive of infection, he should get himself examined by his doctor and go ahead with further evaluation to rule out Herpes infection. If you are worried, visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. The tests done for antibody detection can take upto 3 months (as body can take upto 3 months to produce immune response). Your partner should be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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