i hope this is not seen as inappropriateby anyone, but i think many people who are sexually active also experiment with other things, and to me this question is very real, and i imagine it is to others as well. my question is this: if i get cold sores, there is always a small chance that i am shedding from my mouth right? so does that mean that i should never let someone else touch their lips to something i just touched mine to? does wiping it off, or holding a lighter to it make it safe? what if i am very careful never to get it wet with my own saliva? what if i dipped it into a shot of 80 proof liquor?i am speaking specifically of a pipe that people share, with a not-so-specific substance in the pipe, but also cigarettes and drinks. however i think the paper on a cigarette would probably hold saliva longer than something made of metal or glass becasuse paper is porous and would soak up liquid. i have heard that the virus cannot survive long on its own. ok, how long and in what conditions? i dont want to pass a pipe with someone, and then they go home and go down on their girlfriend and give them herpes.