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Whatre the chances are of me giving my boyfriend genital herpes HSV 1 from saliva, and my lips not touching his genitals. My cold sore was almost gone?

Whatre the chances are of me giving my boyfriend genital herpes HSV 1 from saliva, and my lips not touching his genitals. My cold sore was almost gone?

Hard to say: It's impossible to say what the statistical chances are of transmitting herpes with a single encounter. If you've recently had a cold sore, of course the chances are higher. But the virus can be shed even when no sore is present. It's a discussion and risk/benefit analysis that you and bf have to have with one another and make decision that feels comfortable for you. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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Can you get herpes from drops of saliva "flying" around when you're talking with someone who has an active lesion?

Can you get herpes from drops of saliva "flying" around when you're talking with someone who has an active lesion?

Herpes simplex: Although i never say never this is highly unlikely. This virus is almost wholly transmitted by direct contact. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes by using your own saliva?

Can you get herpes by using your own saliva?

Herpes: Using your own saliva for what exactly? If you have herpes already, you have herpes already. I am confused. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from smoking even though it was no saliva?

Can you get herpes from smoking  even though it was no saliva?

No risk, no worries: HSV is only transmitted by direct contact with infected tissues. It is rarely if evertransmitted by intermediary objects like eating utensils, drinking glasses, cigarets, towels, etc, You won't get oral herpes unless you kiss or otherwise have contact of your lips with an infected person's infected site. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has genital herpes. Can i get genital herpes from his saliva if he performs oral sex on me?

My boyfriend has genital herpes. Can i get genital herpes from his saliva if he performs oral sex on me?

See below: You could not be infected from the virus in his genital area by his oral contact with you. But if he also ever has or had genital hsv2 or oral hsv1 cold sores you could catch either of these viruses in your genitals by oral -genital contact with him. Oral hsv 1 causes 10% of genital herpes and genital hsv2 causes 10% of oral herpes. Both can be spread when no visible lesions are present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get ocular herpes if saliva got into your eye?

Is it possible to get ocular herpes if saliva got into your eye?

Yes: A herpetic lesion had an infectious stage when lesions are present. Most commonly, a herpetic lesion in the eye is transferred by touching the eye. But it is possible to transfer it via saliva. As a health care provider, we wear eye protection because an eye splash is just as dangerous as a needle stick. ...Read more

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A person has genital herpes (hsv2). His saliva enters another person's mouth through food. Will that person get genital herpes now?

No: Avoid genital contact. You can get a blood test for hsv2 to see if you already harbor the virus without your knowledge. If you are positive, then you will notice no difference from such contact. ...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