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Herpes Kissing Cheek
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
Herpes simplex: If the person kissing you has active open ulcer on the lips and there is any direct contact of that with your skin this can happen, but is less common than if the kiss were onto a mucous membrane surface. ...Read more
Unusual: Herpes simplex is usually transmitted from the infected persons mucosa to another persons exposed mucosa or skin surface so kissing on the cheek would be an unusual way of getting herpes Symplex but it is certainly possible especially if there was any preceding trauma involved but a definitive skin biopsy smear could be done along with consultation with your infectious disease physician ...Read more
Yes: If the person you are kissing has active lesions on the cheek you are kissing, you may catch it from him. ...Read more
Someone kissed me on the cheek. I learned that they have herpes. It was dry didn't feel wet. Do I have it too?
Not that simple: Not likely that you got it that way. Not much transmission that way, but possible. Of more interest, most adults already have type 1 and many have type 2. The odds are that you already have type 1 herpes with no symptoms. If you do, you already have it and cannot catch it from another person. A blood test can tell you your status. ...Read more
Extremely unlikely: Both these viruses generally require much more intense exposurto be transmitted than a peck on the cheek. You needn't worry. ...Read more
I met a friend and kissed her on a cheek then I noticed she had a herpes on a lip. I don't think I had contacted her lip will I get herpes now?
My son was just diagnosed with having Herpes and yesterday he gave me a kiss on the cheek and he has small tiny blisters on the corner of his lips will this spread to me?
Unlikely: Conceivable but not common. You must remember that most people become infected with herpes simplex at some time in life, and the source of the infection is commonly difficult to identify. Although viral shedding in the absence of overt lesions occurs it would be very unusual to be transmitted, unless kissing on the mouth and exchanging saliva. ...Read more
If a person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek, what are the chances I could contract herpes simplex virus 1? I washed it off 5-10 minutes after.
HSV 1 is prevalent:
More than 3/4 of people have HSV 1. It is quite likely that you have the virus already. If you have had a cold sore, ever, you have HSV 1. Even if you get it, it is not a big deal for an otherwise healthy person.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have nieces and nephews I am worried about holding them or kissing them on the head etc what cautions should I do so I can't give them herpes?
If you have an active visible sore, it is prudent to avoid kiss contact.
Under 3- 6 months of age it can be quite serious, since babies by protocol would need treatment.
Even if they are older, it is best to avoid. ...Read more
Can you get oral herpes from someone who u don't kiss but she gives u head but doesn't have any open sores or cold sores and I had no cuts on my d?
Possible but unlikel: Hi Roy. It's possible for someone to shed the herpes virus and be asymptomatic. People with oral herpes may secrete the virus 2% to 9% of the time when they are not having sores. That being said, if they are asymptomatic and secreting the virus, the amount of virus being shed is much less. You can be tested for infection. I would recommend knowing your sex partner And both of you testing for STD ...Read more
Do I have herpes? . My eyes hurt, head, (gums/teeth hurt. Also itch) frenched kissed a week ago. What's wrong with me? I also feel guitly
Do I have HIV or herpes a week ago kissed guy with open sore. Two days later my mouth itch and burn/tingling. Then gumg ache/head dizzy. I'm a virgin?
If someone has herpes and I kissed her from the cheeks, forehead and eyes (not lips) will I get infected with Herpes? . is it so easy to acquire it?
Easy but...: Oral herpes is easy to catch, because many adults have it, but it presumably requires getting some saliva or kissing areas with sores. Nobody really knows what happens if a person just kisses "other" facial areas of a herpes patient. Oral herpes is considered a normal, universal infection in humans because so many people have it. A blood test can tell if one has herpes even if he never gets sores. ...Read more
Slim: There is a small chance that herpes simplex virus I or II can be transmitted when lesions/sores are not present. It's possible that infected people "shed" the virus without any symptoms. Herpes is not spread by contact with saliva. It is spread by contact with skin where herpes virus is present. It is unlikely, even with a lesion on the lip that kissing someone on the neck will transmit the virus ...Read more