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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

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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


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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 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 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 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 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?

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 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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