By Kristen Sollee for BUSTLE. Originally published June 1st, 2015.
Fifty to 80 percent of the population may be cursed with the cold sore virus, but that doesn’t mean your sex life has to be put on hold during an outbreak. The fine folks at Make Love Not Porn have created a handy video of oral herpes sex tips to help out those who might be a little squeamish about the whole ordeal. Although it might not feel like the sexiest time to do the deed, you’re already dealing with the annoyance of a cold sore, so you kinda deserve a little pleasure to make up for it, right?
Oral herpes is incredibly common, but still carries with it a completely unnecessary stigma. It should go without saying, but a cold sore doesn’t mean you are “dirty” or “slutty” — in fact, you can get the virus in utero, which means you can actually be a virgin and carry the oral herpes virus, so that settles that. Just knowing all these facts doesn’t make walking around with a crater on your face any easier, though. Here are a few hints from Make Love Not Porn stars Colin and Gray on how to keep your sex life going even when you have an outbreak.