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A 21-year-old male asked:

I've had hsv outbreaks in my mouth since i have memory (but not so often). recently, during an outbreak, fluids of my mouth touched my genitals. is it possible that i get hsv on my genitals?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Hopefully not: A person who already had Herpes 1 a while back, will already have antibodies that stop Herpes 1 viruses. If that saliva transfers Herpes 1 viruses onto his genitals, he has the viruses there temporarily... but only until his antibodies zap them. Thus, if his immune system is working well, his antibodies should prevent new Herpes 1 viruses from taking root on or in his genitals.
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Last updated Jan 19, 2020

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