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A 21-year-old male asked:

Is the genital herpes virus present in your urine, saliva, semen etc.?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No: In people with genital herpes, the virus is only present in the infected skin and the nerves supplying that area. It cannot be transmitted through urine or saliva, and probably not semen.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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