Results will usually come back within 7 to 10 days, but some clinics may take longer. When HSV-1 infects the genitals, it usually got there as a result of oral sex. That makes it more likely for a cold sore to get through your usual defenses, she says. There is no way of knowing if, or how often, a person will have future outbreaks. Most blood tests are accurate 12 to 16 weeks after possible exposure to HSV. While there's no magic bullet solution for oral sex with herpes, with open communication, safer sex strategies, and a problem-solving spirit, you and your partners can "come" to a happy ending! Additionally, for information on herpes testing, treatment, and safer sex, check out the American Sexual Health Association's Herpes Resource Center. If you have oral HSV-1 and your partner doesn't, you can spread it through any type of sexual contact where the mouth comes into contact with their mouth or their genitals — and sometimes the buttocks and legs as well. Sometimes they feel bad about themselves and worry about how to talk to partners. Both cause a lifelong infection. It can be passed to the genitals through oral sex. If we were to have oral sex, then kiss again, symptom free , are we risking his currently unaffected mouth and my currently unaffected genital area? So if you have cold sores, is it possible to give your partner genital herpes?