A member asked:

Can you catch herpes by sharing chapstick? i am 99.99 % sure i did not share my chapstick with my friend (who has no open sores), but i wanted to make sure?

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Dr. Clarence Grim answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

I have seen no studies on this but you can go to pubmed.com and search herpes AND Chapstick and see. I am 99% sure it would not be passed in this manner but see what the world's literature says.

Answered 2/16/2022

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

There's probably no significant risk. Such products usually contain preservatives that would prevent virus transmission. That said, don't press your luck: nobody should be using others' personal products like chapstick, lipstick, etc.

Answered 2/16/2022

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Dr. Robert Trager answered

Specializes in Dentistry

A virus can be spread from one person or an infected object to another person. Lip balm or gloss ,as well as sharing a toothbrush can transfer the virus if that person is infected. Never share objects that cause skin to skin contact, a virus or bacteria can be transferred.

Answered 2/16/2022

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