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risks involved for contracting a different strain?

I am entering into a new relationship. She disclosed she has herpes. I already get cold sores on my mouth since I was a child and I am wondering what my risks are if I choose to have oral sex without a barrier. I know there are two strands of the virus. She caught it from someone who had cold sores. Does that make it the same strand? Can I safely perform oral sex without a barrier? What are the risks involved for contracting a different strain or will in affect my health? I haven't had any cold sores for a long time. She currently does not have an outbreak. Please help me assess my risk.
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replied January 1st, 2013
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Herpes virus strains can differ and if the strains are different, either of you can pass on the new strain to each other. Consider taking thorough evaluation (including looking for the strain) for both of you. Avoid unprotected sexual contact and sexual contact during outbreaks. For further evaluation, clarification and assistance, visit your doctor/healthcare provider.
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