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

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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Is it possible to get genital herpes if I have a cold sore, kiss my partner, and then let my partner go down on me?

Is it possible to get genital herpes if I have a cold sore, kiss my partner, and then let my partner go down on me?

Herpes transmission: Two types of herpes are recognized, one mainly on the face, eyes, and oral cavity, the second in the genital areas. But, there are exceptions and one type may affect the other area. So while unlikely, the answer is still yes. Oral fluids contain virus, which may be ping-ponged from you to partner, and back. And once established in a tissue, herpes is there permanently. Don't take chances. ...Read more

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Possibly have a cold sore, kissed girlfriend who doesn't have one and then she gave oral sex. I'm very worried. What is the odds I get genital herpes?

Possibly have a cold sore, kissed girlfriend who doesn't have one and then she gave oral sex. I'm very worried. What is the odds I get genital herpes?

Viral exposure: The oral herpes virus is very common and can unfortunately manifest as lesions on post the lips and the genitals. If either of you has the virus and have engaged in oral sex, then transmission is possible. Nevertheless if you maintain good health and community than the likelihood of recurrence and symptoms will be low. Fortunately herpes is treatable, but you guys should talk about it together. ...Read more

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Woman has genital herpes just above vagina. No outbreak when I saw her. On meds for 4 years and no outbreaks for 2. Can I get genital herpes by kissing her on lips or by sucking in her breasts?

Woman has genital herpes just above vagina. No outbreak when I saw her. On meds for 4 years and no outbreaks for 2. Can I get genital herpes by kissing her on lips or by sucking in her breasts?

Yes: Yes you can because she may have on lips also. Type 1 HSV most common genital herpes cause in USA women nowadays studies show. Valacyclovir decreases transmission 50 percent and risk of catching for partner goes up 10 percent each year sexually active. No sex if symptoms present or prodrome. Otherwise risk/reward praise her for her honesty and decide. ...Read more

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My Mom has Genital herpes can I hug her, kiss her, touch her and wash my clothes with her without catching the virus? If she coughed in my face will get?

My Mom has Genital herpes can I hug her, kiss her, touch her and wash my clothes with her without catching the virus? If she coughed in my face will get?

No: No, you can not catch the genital herpes through kissing, hugging your mom, and washing your clothes together. Not through the cough as well. Be happy together. Your question is pretty smart. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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I might have genital herpes simplex. Could I give it to my kid's by kissing or touching them?

I might have genital herpes simplex. Could I give it to my kid's by kissing or touching them?

No: However you might have oral herpes simplex 1 that is not reactivating but may still be a source of infection to your kids from kissing. ...Read more

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If I have oral herpes (hsv-1) and I received oral sex from my partner who kissed me, do I have genital herpes?

No: Hsv-1 is oral herpes and hsv-2 is genital herpes. It is possible to have hsv-1 in the genital area and vice versa. Hsv1 infections in the genital area are usually milder than hsv2 infections. Without viral culture, HSV 1 cannot be differentiated from HSV 2 based on exam alone. Therefore, if you are concerned about an outbreak, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes be transmitted by kissing on the mouth from woman to man during non-outbreak periods?

Herpes: Yes. Absolutely. It is now known that 90% of people with herpes do not get outbreaks. It is also now known that one can shed the virus and be contagious without outbreaks.

Both of you need the blood tests to confirm your herpes status. 74% of americans have type one and 26% of american have type two. ...Read more

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Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Yes: This is a sexually transmitted disease and you are unlikely to share it by other routes. Careful hand washing may help and not kissing is a smart plan. All the best. ...Read more

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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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How long after having contact with someone with genital herpes can you get tested to find out if you got caught?

Two weeks or more: If you have not developed clinically apparent lesions and you have gotten the virus from your partner, it will take about 2 wks (sometimes longer) to develop antibodies. The problem is, that you may have gotten this unknowingly at a prior date, and you will not be able to tell how long the antibodies have been there. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes from sitting on a sweaty mat at a gym right after someone with genital herpes sat in same spot since it lives in moisture?

No risk, no worries: Genital herpes is only acquired by sex with an infected person. Nobody is known to have been infected through a contaminated environment, clothing, toilets, etc -- including gym mats. No risk, no worries. ...Read more

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If I have type 1 herpes, can I contract type 2? I have started to date someone with genital herpes. I get cold sores myself on my mouth. Can I have both types of herpes?

If I have type 1 herpes, can I contract type 2? I have started to date someone with genital herpes. I get cold sores myself on my mouth. Can I have both types of herpes?

Partial: Hsv1 provides partial immunity against hsv2. It is possible that you already have type 2. The other person might have type 1 or type 2 or both. You might consider herpes blood tests for both of you. ...Read more

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How can I get genital herpes?

How can I get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How do you get genital herpes?

How do you get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

It depends: This depends in part on what you mean by "virgin". Oral sex can transmit herpes (due to herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1). If you consider yourself a virgin after having only oral sex, but no penile penetration into the vagina, you can get herpes as a virgin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes on the back of your butt?

Yes: An especially common place to get it is in the "butt crack, " between the cheeks, just north of the anus. ...Read more

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Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Very unlikely: Transfer of an HSV infection from the area first involved to another area is called auto-inoculation. It sometimes occurs during the first infection, i.e. within several weeks of catching the virus. After that, the immune system prevents auto-inoculation. If someone has had genital or oral herpes more than a few months, it is very unlikely s/he will ever self infect other places on the body. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Blisters, sores: Mostly superficial blisters that soon become painful open sores, especially on moist tissues. First infection most severe, usually at directly exposed sites (penis, labia, vaginal opening, etc); often fever and inflamed lymph nodes in the groin. Recurrent outbreaks usually mild, no inflamed nodes or fever; may be preceded by neurologic "prodrome" of tingling etc. See a doctor for exam and testing. ...Read more

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Should I get tested for genital herpes, if I am not having any symptoms?

Herpes: Every sexually active adult and anyone in relationship should be tested for Herpes. 90% of those infected do not have sores or recurring outbreaks but are just as contagious as those that do have sores. Please get tested. Know your status. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Duplicate question: See my reply to the same question you asked under a different username.

If you google genital herpes, you can find lots of photos of typical and atypical herpes outbreaks. ...Read more

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Will I get genital herpes more often from a partner who has bad outbreaks?

Unclear: If you are asking whether your outbreaks will be more frequent because your partner's episodes are, the answer is not likely. The frequency of outbreaks appears to be primarily related to your own immune system. Once you get this virus it stays in your body the rest of your life, making its appearance periodically for reasons which are not always clear, but often involve stress. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes if you and your partner didn t have it before?

Herpes: In order to get genital herpes, you have to be exposed/contacted at some time--current partner or a previous one. A blood test can check on your exposure and antibodies. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from new unwashed underware just recently bought?

Is it possible to get genital herpes from new unwashed underware just recently bought?

No, but...: Many things are possible in life, but presume new underwear is "herpes-free." No worries. Wear it happily. ...Read more

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When u get genital herpes why I get this fishy odor is it from the sores or something else?

Bacterial Vaginosis: Sometimes disturbances to the natural bacteria in your vagina (douching, irregular bleeding, unprotected sex, etc) can allow abnl bacteria like Gardnerella to overgrow and cause a fishy odor. It's not sexually transmitted, but can be treated w/ Metronidazole (Flagyl)/Clindamycin/Boric Acid. See your GYN for a prescription and be examined for other potential causes. Nothing urgent/dangerous though. ...Read more

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Can I get genital herpes from my girlfriend who has genital herpes I gave her when I give her oral?

No: Once you have been infected with herpes simplex it remains in your body for life. You will not be reinfected, but always have the chance of developing symptomatic reactivation of infection. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 days ago and only been with one partner. Yet he tests negative. How'd I get it?

Sexual transmission: Herpes virus transmits via direct contact. You partner may also have had oral herpes that was transmitted to you via oral sex. There really is no other way to contract genital herpes--other than direct contact of someone who has lesions with your skin. However, when you are having a remission and have no ulcers you will not pass herpes to your partner. ...Read more

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)

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