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can you get herpes from kissing someone with genital herpes

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibke: You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus. If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
No.: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. No sexual contact means no herpes. Herpes is a painful blistery rash. Sounds like you have a bump which is ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Always there.: If you have an active lesion you can have spread to the genital region. If not active it is stil possible but less likely. Also the person that you ar ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
No: Unless she has the genital herpes on her lips, which is possible, then just kissing will not expose you to the genital herpes.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Mouth to mouth or mouth to genital kissing can spread herpes in it's active form -- herpes simplex is a viral disease and is spread form person to per ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: There are 2 main Herpes simplex viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes the common cold sores, whereas HSV-2 is genital herpes. If one performs oral ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
No: Hsv-1 and hsv-2 are different type of virus. You may have hsv-1 genital herpes, but not hsv-2.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: Oral herpes simplex virus-1, can be transmitted to the genitals via fellatio or cunnilingus, just as hsv-2 can be transmitted from person's genitals t ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Contagious: Genital herpes is usually transmitted by contact with the genital area. If a person with eruptions touches your glass it's possible for the virus to b ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Yes: You can definitely get oral herpes from someone with oral herpes. It is highly contagious.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: This would be very uncommon. If one person had active herpetic lesions, took off their underwear and you put them on immediately it is conceivable tha ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes of course: If you have oral sex with someone who has active genital herpes then can get the herpes orally, genital herpes is type 2 oral herpes is type 1 but u ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gena Kluwe
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Hmmmm. no.: These do tend to travel in the same circles. E.G. People with one std often have another. However, someone with just genital warts won't give you he ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
If they are secretin: Secreting active virus which can happen without seeing a cold sore.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intensive purposes it would be close to a first.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience Urology
Yes, but Beware!: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). Hsv-type 1 commonly causes fever blisters on the mouth or fac ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It is possible: That herpes simplex type i (oral) can be transmitted to the genital area through oral sex.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Very unlikely.
A female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: However, someone who has one may have the other as well. Always love safely, and when it comes time for unprotected love in a monogamous relationship, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No, but: Intimate contact with someone who has herpes and is actively shedding the virus can result in transmission of the virus and a new infection in the rec ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: Genital herpes used to be just Herpes simplex type 2. Cold sore used to be just Herpes simplex type 1. However, that is no longer the case. Either vir ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
No...: ...Unless the underwear is saturated with bodily fluids, which would be really gross. There is no evidence that the herpes virus survives on clothing ... Read More
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