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I have hsv 1 genitally. can i transmit it to a partner through mouth to mouth kissing? i have never had an oral outbreak.

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Location matters: In the past, we thought of herpes simplex I as limited to cold sores on the mouth, and herpes simplex II as genital herpes. However, we can find HSV II occurring above the neck & HSV I occurring below the waist because what matters is what area gets exposed to the virus. If the virus is in genital area, you won't transmit it to a partner by a kiss, only by contact with the affected area.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Most people already have hsv 1 anyway.
Feb 3, 2015

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Last updated Feb 3, 2015

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