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If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

If you drink after someone with a cold sore, what are the chances of getting oral herpes?

Likely: If the person has an active visible lesion, and you shared a drink, it is very likely that you were in contact with the virus. You may already have it though. Not everyone who has the virus gets an actual outbreak as it can remain dormant. Certain trigger events, susch as trauma, a cold, extra uv light, stress, may cause an outbreak, just like it did with your friend. Stay away from outbreaks. ...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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If a person drank from a beer can and then poured some into a clean cup, and I drank it out of a clean cup, what are the chances getting oral herpes?

If a person drank from a beer can and then poured some into a clean cup, and I drank it out of a clean cup, what are the chances getting oral herpes?

No risk, no worry: Herpes is rarely if ever transmitted by such indirect contact. The main risk of oral herpes is from kissing someone with a visible outbreak of oral herpes (cold sores). ...Read more

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Can oral herpes to get worse?

Can oral herpes to get worse?

Yes: You need to conrol your onset and outbreaks with oral medication. The medication is very expensive if you do not have medical/drug insurance coverage. The herpes virus remains latent inside of your nerve tract until it becomes active by stress, hormonal changes and etc. ...Read more

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Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

At Risk: You are at risk as long as there is an active lesion present. If there is contact when this is shedding the virus, the likelihood is high. If you are careful then you can avoid it. Rule of thumb-- active lesion --> no contact. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting herpes from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it?

What are my chances of getting herpes from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it?

How do you know?: How do you know that that person does have herpes if he's never had an outbreak? He may have had a positive antibody test, which means he's been exposed to the virus, but does not necessarily mean he has active hsv. If he has active disease he should be on an antiviral (valtrex, famvir) to minimize the chance of transmitting it to others. ...Read more

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Do you get toothaches from oral herpes?

Do you get toothaches from oral herpes?

No: Toothaches typically occur from tooth decay, tooth fracture or exposed tooth surfaces (often from gum line recession exposing root surfaces). But---soft tissue pain, burning, tingling can occur from oral herpes. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes from kissing someone with oral herpes?

Can you get oral herpes from kissing someone with oral herpes?

Yes: There are 2 main Herpes simplex viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes the common cold sores, whereas HSV-2 is genital herpes. If one performs oral sex, they can certainly get Genital herpes (HSV-2) on the oral area. Either way, the HSV viruses can be contagious. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get oral herpes form giving oral sex? It's been 3 months and no signs or symptoms.

Is it possible to get oral herpes form giving oral sex? It's been 3 months and no signs or symptoms.

Possible, not common: Performing oral sex on a partner with genital herpes could risk oral infection. However, it is quite uncommon. If you didn't develop symptoms (oral sores, sore throat, etc) within a few days, then probably you weren't infected. It's time to stop worrying about it! ...Read more

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I recently shared a spoon with someone, can I get oral herpes? No sign of breakout. Spoon went back in soup before i used.

I recently shared a spoon with someone, can I get oral herpes? No sign of breakout. Spoon went back in soup before i used.

Unlikely : But not impossible. Even if the individual you shared a spoon with did not have an active outbreak, the virus could still be shedding and contactable. Most primary hsv-1 infections are asymptomatic and only 20 to 25 percent of patients ever recall an outbreak. So you may have contracted it! ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of oral herpes?

You can't: Oral herpes is a diesease for life with no cure. Valtrex (valacyclovir) taken chronicxally can prevent many episodes and reduce duration. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes and not vaginal herpes?

Can you get oral herpes and not vaginal herpes?

Yes: Genital herpes is a disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv), of which there are two types. Type 1 (hsv-1) usually causes oral herpes, an infection of the lips and mouth. In the past, hsv-1 was not known to cause genital herpes, but that is changing, especially among people who begin having sex at a young age. Still, in most cases, genital herpes is caused by hsv-2 herpes virus. ...Read more

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Can my baby get oral herpes from another baby in the play group?

Can my baby get oral herpes from another baby in the play group?

Yes: Herpes(oral) is very common and is easily spread from person to person. It is spread by mucous droplets or direct contact to the herpes sores. You can't prevent everything and most cases are relatively minor. However very young babies can have other complications from the virus. ...Read more

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Hsv (Definition)

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