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Can Kissing Cause Herpes
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Can a kiss with a girl that has herpes on the neck with no visible or oral legions cause herpes on the neck? And if so how long will it take symptoms
Herpes: 90% of those who get herpes do not get lesions, sores or symptoms. Blood testing for an acute exposure takes two routes. There is igm and igg antibody testing. The igm, if positive, is a sign of a new or acute infection. Igg antibodies represents a previous or 'older' infection. One cannot rely upon symptoms to tell them they have been exposed to a new herpes infection. ...Read more
Herpes: This virus can be transmitted from person to person by direct contact in the absence of overt lesions, but somewhat less likely. Most persons have been infected with this if their partner has it, but many people may never develop active disease. They nonetheless remain carriers and can transmit it. ...Read more
Yes: Asymptomatic viral shedding is the most common way to spread herpes. Taking medication can decrease the risk if your partner is infected. See this article i authored on the topic: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If open sore--yes!: It doesn't matter "where" the kiss is, it matters where the open, moist, infected viral particles exist that can enter a tiny opening (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) in your lips, making you the next infected person! antiviral medications and waiting until lesions are healed can minimize the risk of infection being transmitted to others, regardless of lips or genitals. ...Read more
Possible: "fever blisters" are herpes. That is usually transmitted by kissing - many people with herpes do not know they have it and could be shedding the virus - if that is the person you kiss, and you come in contact with the area that is shedding virus, you will likely contract herpes. ...Read more
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