A 18-year-old female asked:
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if a family member has a coldsore &you touch the same things they do & then you subconsciously touch your genitals is there anyway you can get herpes?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: I believe you nay be misinformed. People with herpes are contagious at unpredictable times. Viral shedding may not be occurring with an outbreak and at other times may be i present without a sore. Herpes is caught skin to skin. If you get it on your finger that is where you get it. You don't cause it to be infected at a different spot. You only get it once.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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