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Can You Get Herpes From Sharing Food
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
Can I get an Herpes from using someone's chopstick or sharing food if they haven't broken out yet?
I had been tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.Can it spread by sharing food without an outbreak? Example like taking her food with my spoon?
Low risk: While possible, the risk is low. Some people do shed a low level of herpes virus when when there are no lesions. Risk of transmission can be lowered if she takes lysine 100mg daily. She may also take Acyclovir which is a prescription anti-viral that reduces shedding. But also you may already have been exposed to the virus. At least 50% of people have by the time they are 20. Most don't realize it. ...Read more
Can someone pass herpes by sharing food? Her mouth is covered with some ulcer and her boss has herpes
Very low risk: This is one of those theoretical risks, often listed in health advice about herpes. But in my 40+ years in the STD and infectious diseases business, I've never heard of a case where this actually happened. Razors should never be shared, but the risk of any infection is quite low. ...Read more
Unlikely: Many think sharing cosmetics is not a good idea. Certainly if the person from whom you are sharing has active herpes on their face or lips, then you should not do this. However you undoubtedly have already been exposed in the past to herpes and as long as your lip and facial skin is intact, there is almost no risk. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: This would be very uncommon. If one person had active herpetic lesions, took off their underwear and you put them on immediately it is conceivable that it would be communicated in this manner. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from a needle I was under the understanding that herpes lives in the epidermis and is spread by direct contact. I also thought it was slightly possible to get herpes from sharing something such as a cigarette or a pipe as its indirect
The herpes virus is spread from by direct contact with the virus. This would be via any direct contact with a herpetic lesion, intimate contact with actively infected person, sharing drinking glass, lipstick, cigarette with a person with an active herpes ulcer on the mouth. The virus is not transmitted from a needle prick of an infected person.
What is detected in the blood in persons with previous exposure to herpes is antibodies that are present when someone has been exposed to the virus in the past. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from sharing a plate, or someone touching their cold sore and then ur pizza and then you eating it?
Unlikely: It would be highly unlikely. Usually from skin to skin contact. ...Read more
Can you get herpes from sharing a glass tobacco pipe, if the infected person doesn't have a cold sore?
Shouldn't...: ...But how can you be absolutely certain the other individual doesn't have a lesion if you have been sharing that "tobacco" already? ...Read more
Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a ciggarette while you have a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2?
Genital herpes: Herpes 2 is usually transmitted by contact with the genital area, but if the person is shedding virus onto his hand and touches the cigarette and then you put the cigarette in your mouth, it would be possible to transmit the virus to you. Herpes 2 can cause oral infection. ...Read more
Is it possible to get Oral herpes, specifically, from sharing a glass with someone? If so, how soon could it develop?
Very rare: In general, HSV is transmitted only by direct skin to skin contact with an infected person, like kissing or sex. The virus is rarely if ever transmitted by sharing drinking or eating utensils. Also not by shared towels, clothing, or toilets. Whenever HSV is caught, symptoms usually start 3-5 days later, sometimes up to 10-14 days. ...Read more
Can you get oral herpes from sharing a drink with someone that has herpes and is taking medication for it?
Yes: If someone has an active lesion (despite medication) transfer could be possible if the lips touch the same area on the glass. ...Read more
Is it possible to get oral herpes from sharing a cigarette from someone who has it but had no active breakouts at the time of sharing the cigarette?
Yes: Yes. Oral herpes is contagious. It is not safe to smoke cigarettes, or to smoke anything else other than brisket, ribs or chicken. Smoking cigarettes means inhaling the toxic stuff of burnt organic material and its added chemicals, whatever they might be. It is even more dangerous if a woman smokes and takes estrogen, such as in birth control pills and other hormonal pills, creams, or patches. ...Read more
I have a flatmate with herpes in her mouth and we share same bathroom and kitchen. Is there a chance that I can get herpes too by sharing same bathroom and kitchen? Thanks
Low risk/com sense: By the 20s most of us have actually contracted HSV1 (felt often spread as child) w the WHO in 2015 showing 2/3 of pop 15 - 40 infected, w most asymptomatic carriers. Risk of spread greatest when there is a visible lesion or just before. During that time also found in saliva. While sore avoid contact w sore/saliva, common sense like don't share utensils, etc. When no sore risk of spread near none. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: This is highly unlikely if not impossible. ...Read more
Can I get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?
Risky: An infected person can shed virus that could result in transmission without having an obvious lesion. In america at lest 1 in 4 people have herpes - 90% of them do not know they have it, and 3% of them are shedding virus (they are contagious) at any one time. Better to have your own straw and not take a chance. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intensive purposes it would be close to a first. ...Read more
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