A 24-year-old female asked:
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can you get herpes if your talking to someone that has a cold sore and they spit while talking and some spit goes on your lip or in your mouth?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes Paranoia: First you learned incorrectly that having a herpes sore is the time people are contagious. We now know that is absolutely false. Second herpes is caught infected skin to skin directly. Your scenario would seem highly unlikely to cause a herpes infection. You are already more likely to have been infected with herpes before. 75% of humans in the UK have Oral Herpes. Go get your blood test.
Answered on Aug 23, 2018
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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
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90% of those infected with Herpes have no sores. Contagiousness comes through viral shedding through infected skin and can occur with or without a sore. Having a sore is not in any way a guarantee of contagiousness.
Jul 29, 2014

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