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A 22-year-old male asked:

If you touch someone with herpes can you prevent it before the incubation period can you just wash the part of where you touched it?

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Dr. PRADIP SHAH
Infectious Disease 41 years experience
Yes: You can take antiviral meds for herpes for prevention and treatment
Dr. Raymond Schneider
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Washing usually helps: Viruses gain access through any open skin wound. If you have a cut or an insect bite it is a potential portal of entry for any type of virus to set up housekeeping and cause trouble. Of course you're not going to end up with the herpes virus unless you have direct contact.

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Last updated Aug 29, 2014

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