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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you get herpes drinking after someone?

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Dr. Debra Atkins
Dermatology 20 years experience
Thanks for asking!: It is unlikely unless you have an open sore on your mouth and the transmission of blood of bodily fluids went right in. You should not drink after anyone anyway.
Dr. Candace Spann
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes: You can contract the herpes virus from drinking out of a contaminated glass.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can I get herpes if I drink from the cup of someone with it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not likely: Herpes, as most other viruses, does not survive very long on inanimate objects. Obviously if you are drinking from a vessel used by someone with active herpetic lesions immediately before you, it is conceivable that transmission might occur, but this would not be a common event.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you get herpes from drinking after someone who is infected?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Not likely but: It is not likely but there is a remote possibility that the other person had an active herpetic lesion in the mouth and you drank immediately after he/she drank from the glass but i will not worry about it.Oral herpes causes cold sores and caused by type1 herpesvirus .Genital herpes is caused by type2 herpes virus.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Can you get herpes from drinking after a person who has it?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Contagious: If you mean drinking from the same glass that the person with herpes uses, it can be spread to you especially if that person has an active eruption. Oral contact with the herpes virus transmits it. If you have an immunity to the herpes virus you may not break out with the sores.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you get herpes by drinking off a coke can?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 36 years experience
Yes: Sharing a drink with someone who has an active herpes infection on their lips isn't wise. The virus could be transferred from the cold sore to the can, then picked up by the next drinker.

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