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at what times is the coldsore virus present in saliva?
The majority of adults carry the HSV 1 (cold sore virus) The majority of the time there would NOT be virus present in the saliva...
If you have an axctive cold sore then there would be virus present in the saliva...
The problem is that as the cold sore becomes active the shedding of virus begins to occur BEFORE you develop a mouth or lip ulcer... so this makes it hard to predict with certainty...
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Based on this >> Probably NOT! The person even IF they have a tendency to have cold sores would not be active most of the time. The chances would be relatively slim that you would have contracted this from this one potential exposure.Exact odds > I don't know but I would say less than 1%....
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is it safe to say that if i don't see a coldsore pop up on this person within a week then they pretty much wasn't contageous?what is the most common way someone gets a coldsore?is it relatively hard to get a coldsore?
Yes if the person has no outbreak of cold sores in the next week then this should further add to you being SAFE with regard to this potential exposure!
Most common way of transmission would be kissing...
It is not that hard to get a cold sore.. about 90% of adult population has the virus (would test positive for antibodies) and may on occasion develop cold sores...some people more susceptible to outbreaks of these than others...
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