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A 28-year-old male asked:

I have a cold sore.i rolled a paper with my saliva and smoked for about 20 minutes.after i was done smoking i went to use the restroom.i didnt wash my hands.i didnt come in contact with my cold sore.saliva yes.can i give myself genital herpes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not likely. While HSV 1 can affect the genitals, what you described does not put you at risk of genital herpes. Smoking newspaper is not a treatment for cold sores. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV and Covid vaccines.

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