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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can you get genital herpes by kissing someone who is having an outbreak on their genitals?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Possibke: You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus. If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are at risk - if you mean only kissing in the traditional sense, with no genital contact, then you should not be at risk. If your partner has oral herpes, then again you would be at risk with traditional kissing.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you give genital herpes to someone from kissing?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Yes: Mouth to mouth or mouth to genital kissing can spread herpes in it's active form -- herpes simplex is a viral disease and is spread form person to person through intimate contact.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I am getting an outbreak, is there a possibility i could get genital herpes?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex 2 is the most frequent cause of genital herpes. It appears as a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix ; they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. The fluid in the lesions is very contagious. Some people contract herpes simplex 2 without symptoms. To know if your genital lesions are from hsv please see your.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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physician for evaluation and testing. Take care.
Mar 12, 2014

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