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Can You Get Herpes From Kissing Someone
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
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
Yes: If the person you are kissing has active lesions on the cheek you are kissing, you may catch it from him. ...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
If open sore--ONCE!: If the infected person has active (open, moist) lesions and you happen to have a tiny break in the skin of your lips (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) then one kiss may serve to make you the next infected person. Antiviral medications and healing can restore non-infectivity, but you have to wait until things are healed before making out! ...Read more
My friend has herpes and I kissed him last night but it was only for about two seconds could I get herpes?
Possibly...: To some extent this depends on your own immune status. If you have ever had a cold sore (aka fever blister) you may already have antibodies to type 1 herpes simplex virus (hsv) that would protect you against a new infection. Toddlers and small children can also get a hsv-1 infection of the lips and oral cavity that again will usually produce protective antibodies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No, but it depends.: Herpes simplex virus is generally spread by direct contact, especially mucosa to mucosa. (mucosa is the soft lining of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, all the down to the anus). If the "kissing" is merely a "cousins kiss" lips to skin, the the risk is low. If, however, it was more of a so called "french kiss, " then the risk is considerably higher, especially if there are open sores. ...Read more
How likely is it to get herpes if I have an early coldsore and my partner kissed me lightly then gave me oral?
Increased risk: Herpes simplex from a cold sore is quite contagious. Kissing is a good way to pass the virus and infect your partner. If he then performs oral sex on you, he can transmit the virus to your genital area. 30% of genital herpes is due to HSV 1 commonly causing cold sores. You can also auto innoculate, if you touch your lips and then later go to the restroom and accidentally touch the genital area. ...Read more
Hi, is there any chance that u have not contacted (sex/kiss) any person with herpes and still get it. Does unhygienic habits lead to herpes?
Yes and no.: Most people catch herpes type 1 by the time they are 20. This is the virus that causes cold sores of the mouth. In some cases, the virus can be transferred from the mouth to the genitals by what we call "auto-inoculation". This can happen if a person uses their spit as as lubricant for masturbation for example. Unhygienic habits does not cause herpes. ...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
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