Some people have frequently recurring cold sores around two or three times a year, while others have one cold sore and never have another. Some people never get cold sores at all because the virus never becomes active.
Can someone be immune to cold sores?
In Short, No, You Cant Be Immune to Herpes Current scientific research shows that herpes is highly contagious and that everyone is at risk of infection. Its also extremely common, infecting anywhere from more than 50% of people (in the case of HSV-1) to around 11% of people (in the case of HSV-2).
Why do some people do not get cold sores?
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that people affected by cold sores have a mutation in a gene, which means their immune system is not able to prevent them from developing.
Do everyone get cold sores?
Almost everyone is at risk of cold sores. Most adults carry the virus that causes cold sores, even if theyve never had symptoms. Youre most at risk of complications from the virus if you have a weakened immune system from conditions and treatments such as: HIV / AIDS.
Can you be exposed to a cold sore and not get it?
You can spread the virus even when you dont have any symptoms of a cold sore, though youre usually most contagious when you have them. However, this is much less likely than if contact occurred when a cold sore was present. Cold sores are contagious until they go away completely, which usually takes about two weeks.