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Can You Get Herpes From Sharing 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
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
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
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
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
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