A 22-year-old female asked:
can someone pass herpes by sharing food?her mouth is covered with some ulcer and her boss has herpes
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Possible: Herpes is spread by " contact" thus separate plates and eating utensils are wise steps to take. The food ITSELF will not spread the virus.
Hope this helps
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Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yes, but: In general only if utensils or glasses are shared, or you have contact with oral secretions of the infected person. At a traditional meal where everyone has their own plates and utensils and the serving dishes are not eaten out of directly, there is essentially no risk.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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