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A 39-year-old member asked:

is it possible to contract oral herpes from sharing a cigarette?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Definitely: If the other person sharing has an active lesion around the mouth it is quite possible.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Yes... If the oral herpes vesicle is present, it is extremely contagous. Drinking from the same glass, kissing or smoking the same cigarette are all possible ways of contracting oral herpes.

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Not really: Herpes virus types 1 and 2 are contagious, mainly by direct contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get herpes encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
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What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Contact precautions: Use contact precautions, as herpes simplex is contagious mainly by contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
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It is common to confuse The virus that causes herpes encephalitis with another herpes virus ( herpes zoster) which causes Shingles and does produce skin lesions that can transmit the virus, but does not normally produce encephalitis in a normal host
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there an effective treatment to reduce genital herpes symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Treatment available: There is no cure for oral or genital herpes, but antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. Preventing recurrences helps stop the spread of herpes to a spouse or partner.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes: I do not believe so. The virus would need a open sore, crack or cut to enter the body. Could a herpes virus live on food and then brush over a open sore on someone else say for instance sharing a bite on a utensil? Yes , i believe it could be transferred.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes spread: Absolutely, that is how it is spread. If you have a active lesion and the virus enters through his skin or tissue he will be infected. Be open and honest with him and he will respect and love you for this.

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