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Can You Get Herpes Through Kissing
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
I just found out that I have oral herpes and I have a few questions:
1. I gave my boyfriend a hickey, will he get it too?
2. Can it be transmitted through kissing on the cheeks etc?
Herpes: You may be a child in which case we cannot provide a response and refer you to your parents or an adult guardian regarding your concerns. ...Read more
If i kiss somebody on the mouth who has herpes on their genitals only, can I still get the virus through their saliva?
I get a herpes blister on my neck. Can I transmit the virus through kissing or intercourse if my parter doesn't come in contact with the sore itself?
Maybe risk orally: If the herpes diagnosis is correct, the main risk is from direct contact with sore. Probably HSV1, originally acquired orally. If so, maybe a chance you have virus in the mouth during your neck outbreaks; probably best to avoid kissing or performing oral sex at those times. It's unlikely you have a genital infection, so no risk from intercourse. She could be tested to see if infected and immune. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend has herpes and I kissed him last night but it was only for about two seconds could I get herpes?
Possibly...: To some extent this depends on your own immune status. If you have ever had a cold sore (aka fever blister) you may already have antibodies to type 1 herpes simplex virus (hsv) that would protect you against a new infection. Toddlers and small children can also get a hsv-1 infection of the lips and oral cavity that again will usually produce protective antibodies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but: Intimate contact with someone who has herpes and is actively shedding the virus can result in transmission of the virus and a new infection in the recipient. Someone could certainly contract the virus during kissing of any sort, but not everyone who is french kissing gets herpes. ...Read more
Possible: "fever blisters" are herpes. That is usually transmitted by kissing - many people with herpes do not know they have it and could be shedding the virus - if that is the person you kiss, and you come in contact with the area that is shedding virus, you will likely contract herpes. ...Read more
If open sore--ONCE!: If the infected person has active (open, moist) lesions and you happen to have a tiny break in the skin of your lips (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) then one kiss may serve to make you the next infected person. Antiviral medications and healing can restore non-infectivity, but you have to wait until things are healed before making out! ...Read more
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