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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Herpes From Sharing Lipstick

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Can you get herpes from sharing make up or lipstick?

Can you get herpes from sharing make up or lipstick?

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 (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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What are the changes of being infected with oral herpes through lipstick sharing if there seems to be no lesions on the lips?

What are the changes of being infected with oral herpes through lipstick sharing if there seems to be no lesions on the lips?

Very low, not zero: HSV1 is transmitted by direct skin contact, e.g. kissing. The risk via lipstick is very low, especially without a visible oral herpes outbreak. Still, lipstick should never be shared between people. Although HSV transmission is unlikely, the risk isn't zero; and sharing is high risk to transmit colds, influenza, etc. Don't do it. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes be transmitted through sharing drinks and/or lipsticks, even in the person doesn't have a cold sore or active lesion?

Can oral herpes be transmitted through sharing drinks and/or lipsticks, even in the person doesn't have a cold sore or active lesion?

HSV-1: Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact, such as kissing. Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (hsv-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (hsv-2). Both of these herpes simplex viruses can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. The virus can be transmitted to others even during times when you have no blisters. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from sharing a cigarrette?

Can you get herpes from sharing a cigarrette?

Its possible: If the other person has a cold sore you could pick up the virus on your mouth or lips. ...Read more

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Can I get herpes from sharing a razor?

Can I get herpes from sharing a razor?

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

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Can you get herpes from sharing panties?

Can you get herpes from sharing panties?

Herpes simplex: Potentially yes, but if they were washed before the second person wore them, very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from sharing underwear?

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Can you get herpes from sharing underwear?

While: While it would be rare you can get herpes from sharing personal objects. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from sharing underwear with someone else?

Can you get herpes from sharing underwear with someone else?

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

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Can you get herpes from sharing food?

Can you get herpes from sharing food?

Can happen: Anything that touches an open herpes lesion can transmit herpes to another person. So the answer is yes, this can happen. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from sharing food even if the food was not bit out of?

Can you get herpes from sharing food even if the food was not bit out of?

Doubtful: If you are referring to genital herpes (HSV2)-no way. Even the cold sore virus (HSV1) would need direct face or mouth contact with another face or mouth- food is not really avector for thid virus. ...Read more

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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

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: 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

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Can you get herpes from sharing a glass tobacco pipe, if the infected person doesn't have a cold sore?

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

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Is it possible for you to get genitial herpes through sharing cigarettes?

Is it possible for you to get genitial herpes through sharing cigarettes?

Herpes: No. This is in no way how herpes is transmitted. Herpes is transmitted skin to skin. Someone with herpes two does not have them on their hands and thus does not transmit a virus to a cigarette. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a ciggarette while you have a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2?

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

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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

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Can you get oral herpes from sharing a drink with someone that has herpes and is taking medication for it?

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

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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

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

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I went to a cosmetic store and tried on lipstick. The lady disinfected the lip tester before I tried it on but how safe is this? Can I get herpes?

Viral: Although it is rare if the person before you had an active herpes sore and the virus had survived till your use there is a very remote possibility to get herps. It is not very likely. ...Read more

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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

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Can I get genital herpes by using someones lipstick? And can genital herpes virus survive on lipsticks?

Can I get genital herpes by using someones lipstick? And can genital herpes virus survive on lipsticks?

YouGivingMeSomeLip??: Now wait a minute. You think you might get genital Herpes using lipstick? I think maybe you are getting your lips confused. But anyways, in general this pesky virus can't last too long away from a nice warm body part. How long? Hard to say. I'd say you'd have to directly transmit the virus from lips to lips in order to have a chance, very small, of getting it. Anyways, use general hygiene common sense ...Read more

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Can you get HSV 1 genital herpes from sharing underwear?

Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intensive purposes it would be close to a first. ...Read more