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HSV 1 is the cold sore virus. 90 percent of adults will test positive to antibodies present to this virus. It is possible to have viral activation just prior to onset of cold sores. So not kissing when you might have a cold sore helps to reduce transmission -- Yes but even that is not 100 percent.Chances are that she may have had cold sores as well at some point in her past. If she has any outbreak she may want treatment with an antiviral such as Valtrex or Famvir. These are helpful to treat any cold sore outbreak . You having history of cold sores or HSV 1 should not be a " deal breaker" as to your relationship.
Her Remicade for her arthritis does attenuate her immune system. So she does in general need to be more vigilant as to infections in general.
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