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Can You Get Herpes From Kissing On The Cheek
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
Yes: If the person you are kissing has active lesions on the cheek you are kissing, you may catch it from him. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: If the person kissing you has active open ulcer on the lips and there is any direct contact of that with your skin this can happen, but is less common than if the kiss were onto a mucous membrane surface. ...Read more
I met a friend and kissed her on a cheek then I noticed she had a herpes on a lip. I don't think I had contacted her lip will I get herpes now?
Can you get oral herpes from someone who u don't kiss but she gives u head but doesn't have any open sores or cold sores and I had no cuts on my d?
Possible but unlikel: Hi Roy. It's possible for someone to shed the herpes virus and be asymptomatic. People with oral herpes may secrete the virus 2% to 9% of the time when they are not having sores. That being said, if they are asymptomatic and secreting the virus, the amount of virus being shed is much less. You can be tested for infection. I would recommend knowing your sex partner And both of you testing for STD ...Read more
Unusual: Herpes simplex is usually transmitted from the infected persons mucosa to another persons exposed mucosa or skin surface so kissing on the cheek would be an unusual way of getting herpes Symplex but it is certainly possible especially if there was any preceding trauma involved but a definitive skin biopsy smear could be done along with consultation with your infectious disease physician ...Read more
Someone kissed me on the cheek. I learned that they have herpes. It was dry didn't feel wet. Do I have it too?
Not that simple: Not likely that you got it that way. Not much transmission that way, but possible. Of more interest, most adults already have type 1 and many have type 2. The odds are that you already have type 1 herpes with no symptoms. If you do, you already have it and cannot catch it from another person. A blood test can tell you your status. ...Read more
Extremely unlikely: Both these viruses generally require much more intense exposurto be transmitted than a peck on the cheek. You needn't worry. ...Read more
My son was just diagnosed with having Herpes and yesterday he gave me a kiss on the cheek and he has small tiny blisters on the corner of his lips will this spread to me?
Unlikely: Conceivable but not common. You must remember that most people become infected with herpes simplex at some time in life, and the source of the infection is commonly difficult to identify. Although viral shedding in the absence of overt lesions occurs it would be very unusual to be transmitted, unless kissing on the mouth and exchanging saliva. ...Read more
If a person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek, what are the chances I could contract herpes simplex virus 1? I washed it off 5-10 minutes after.
HSV 1 is prevalent:
More than 3/4 of people have HSV 1. It is quite likely that you have the virus already. If you have had a cold sore, ever, you have HSV 1. Even if you get it, it is not a big deal for an otherwise healthy person.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have nieces and nephews I am worried about holding them or kissing them on the head etc what cautions should I do so I can't give them herpes?
If you have an active visible sore, it is prudent to avoid kiss contact.
Under 3- 6 months of age it can be quite serious, since babies by protocol would need treatment.
Even if they are older, it is best to avoid. ...Read more
Do I have herpes? . My eyes hurt, head, (gums/teeth hurt. Also itch) frenched kissed a week ago. What's wrong with me? I also feel guitly
Do I have HIV or herpes a week ago kissed guy with open sore. Two days later my mouth itch and burn/tingling. Then gumg ache/head dizzy. I'm a virgin?
If someone has herpes and I kissed her from the cheeks, forehead and eyes (not lips) will I get infected with Herpes? . is it so easy to acquire it?
Easy but...: Oral herpes is easy to catch, because many adults have it, but it presumably requires getting some saliva or kissing areas with sores. Nobody really knows what happens if a person just kisses "other" facial areas of a herpes patient. Oral herpes is considered a normal, universal infection in humans because so many people have it. A blood test can tell if one has herpes even if he never gets sores. ...Read more
Herpes: Herpes is a common problem. It is possible to transmit virus even without lesions--it is called aysmptomatic viral shedding. Avoidance should be used and may reduce transmission, but not to 0--since not all areas are covered or protected. Consult your doc for any specific concerns or for treatment. ...Read more
? often can you kiss: Every incicent is an open invitation if the environment is right. Stay unfriendly a while. ...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
Would: You would get symptoms first.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have herpes 1 (oral) And my girlfriend doesn't have it. I want to kiss her but I'm scared I will give it to her. She knows I have it. Does anti viral medication help so she can't get it from? And how much does it help?
No kissing if active: If and when you have active herpes 1 lesions you should avoid kissing. You might need to take antiviral medicine as soon as you have signs of recurrence. Chance of spreading herpes 1 when you don't have active lesions is very slim but can happen. If you get frequent episodes of herpes then you might need to be on daily dose of antiviral medicine for a long term. Kissing would be safe then. ...Read more
No, but: Intimate contact with someone who has herpes and is actively shedding the virus can result in transmission of the virus and a new infection in the recipient. Someone could certainly contract the virus during kissing of any sort, but not everyone who is french kissing gets herpes. ...Read more
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