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Is it possible to contract herpes when you touch a cold sore?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibly: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. If you have not been exposed to the hsv-1 before it is a possibility.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Could a cold sore or herpes be contracted from objects?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: If you share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss someone with a cold sore and you were not previously exposed ot the herpes simplex type 1 virus, you can become infected. You may or may not develop cold sores in the situation - depending on your immune system.

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Last updated May 20, 2017

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