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A 34-year-old member asked:

is it possible for me to get herpes through a cut on my hand?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way. Therefore, a cut to the hand makes it vulnerable to the herpes virus if there was contact.

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