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i bit my lip and now have a sore because of that. it is not a herpes outbreak. can i orally pass herpes through skin contact with that sore?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Not usually: You will not pass on herpes just from biting your lip unless you are having an active outbreak at the same time. However sometimes trauma can trigger an outbreak.
Answered on Jan 31, 2016
Dr. Martin Hirsch
49 years experience Dentistry
No: You cannot pass herpes without a herpetic lesion. You can contract herpes through that open wound though.
Answered on Jul 29, 2015

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