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How often on average can you get herpes by kissing?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
If open sore--ONCE!: If the infected person has active (open, moist) lesions and you happen to have a tiny break in the skin of your lips (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) then one kiss may serve to make you the next infected person. Antiviral medications and healing can restore non-infectivity, but you have to wait until things are healed before making out!
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
? often can you kiss: Every incicent is an open invitation if the environment is right. Stay unfriendly a while.

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