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My girfriend thinks she has caught genital herpes from her last boyfriend . Can I catch it from kissing her on the mouth or masturbating her with my fingers?

My girfriend thinks she has caught genital herpes from her last boyfriend . Can I catch it from kissing her on the mouth or masturbating her with my fingers?

Yes: If you have contact with any area that is actively shedding virus you could be infected. The transmission risk can be lowered by the infected partner taking suppresive anti viral medications. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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What are the chances of getting genital herpes from kissing someone with a cold sore?

What are the chances of getting genital herpes from kissing someone with a cold sore?

None: No chance of getting genital herpes from kissing someone on the mouth. However if one engages in oral sex then the herpes virus can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals or vice versa. Genital herpes is usually herpes simplex type 2, but can also be type 1. Mouth/lip cold sores are usually herpes simplex type 1. ...Read more

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If someone has genital herpes can you kiss them?

If someone has genital herpes can you kiss them?

Yes, but Beware!: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). Hsv-type 1 commonly causes fever blisters on the mouth or face (oral herpes), while hsv-type 2 typically affects the genital area (genital herpes). However, both viral types can cause either genital or oral infections. Hsv-1 and hsv-2 are transmitted through direct contact, including kissing, sexual contact (v. ...Read more

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Can you give genital herpes to someone from kissing?

Yes: Mouth to mouth or mouth to genital kissing can spread herpes in it's active form -- herpes simplex is a viral disease and is spread form person to person through intimate contact. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes. Can I transmit it by kissing? Or giving oral?

I have genital herpes. Can I transmit it by kissing? Or giving oral?

Only if also oral: The herpes virus doesn't travel through the body. Some people with genital herpes also catch it in the mouth. Those persons sometimes can transmit it by kissing or oral sex. But if your herpes is only genital, you can only transmit it by genital contact with another person. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes by kissing someone who is having an outbreak on their genitals?

Possibke: You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus. If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are at risk - if you mean only kissing in the traditional sense, with no genital contact, then you should not be at risk. If your partner has oral herpes, then again you would be at risk with traditional kissing. ...Read more

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Can a virgin get genital herpes? I have a bump down there, but i've never engaged in any type of sexual activity. I've never even been kissed!

Can a virgin get genital herpes? I have a bump down there, but i've never engaged in any type of sexual activity. I've never even been kissed!

Don't worry: You have to have sexual contact with an infected person to get herpes or any sexually transmitted infection. You may have an inflamed hair follicle or some other benign process. See a doctor if it doesn't go away in 10 days or so. ...Read more

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Can I (male) get genital herpes by french kissing a girl with genital herpes (type 2)? Thank you.

No: Unless she has the genital herpes on her lips, which is possible, then just kissing will not expose you to the genital herpes. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend kissed me when i had a cold sore then perfomed oral do I have genital herpes?

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If my boyfriend kissed me when i had a cold sore then perfomed oral do I have genital herpes?

Possible: There's always a possibility of transmission, and you can autoinfect (which this is, essentially) from one part of the body to another. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more