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Odd of getting herpes from someone kissing your cheek?

Odd of getting herpes from someone kissing your cheek?

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

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Please tell me, could a person be exposed to HIV by kissing the cheek of an infected person?

Please tell me, could a person be exposed to HIV by kissing the cheek of an infected person?

No: You are very very unlikely to catch HIV by kissing the cheek of an infected person. The exception would be open wounds in the cheek and your lips. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html. ...Read more

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Is it safe to kiss on cheek if no oral herpes symptoms?

Is it safe to kiss on cheek if no oral herpes symptoms?

Probably: It is not likely to transmit herpes simplex by kissing a cheek if you do not have open lesions. ...Read more

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If I took valtrex (valacyclovir) to avoid a primary outbreak of cold sores (never had one before) and never got a sore can I have passed it on by kissing a cheek?

If I took valtrex (valacyclovir) to avoid a primary outbreak of cold sores (never had one before) and never got a sore can I have passed it on by kissing a cheek?

Not likely: If you have never had a cold sore, then it is unlikely that you could pass this on. Even with a cold sore in your history just kissing a cheek is unlikely to pass it on. ...Read more

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My daughter needs the chicken pox vaccine & 1 week ago a friend gave her kiss on cheek but he now knows his rash is shingles. Was she exposed?

My daughter needs the chicken pox vaccine & 1 week ago a friend gave her kiss on cheek but he now knows his rash is shingles. Was she exposed?

Herpes Zoster: Herpers zoster (shingles) is the re-eruption of the chickenpox virus and is contagious primarily by physical contact with the blistery rash( linear streak on one side of the body) . If there was no direct contact with the rash the chance of illness is not zero but is very, very unlikely. This exposure is not a reason to delay immunization for the varicella vaccine. ...Read more

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Can i pass non-wart genital HPV to my baby through cuddling, kissing his cheeks, changing his diapers with unclean hands, etc?

Can i pass non-wart genital HPV to my baby through cuddling, kissing his cheeks, changing his diapers with unclean hands, etc?

Let me explain: Studies have shown hpv transmission between hands and genitals of the same person and sexual partners is possible, partridge reports men's fingertips became positive for high risk hpv at more than half the rate (26% per 2 years) as their genitals (48%) winer reports 14% of fingertip samples from sexually active women were positive. So clean your hands before. ...Read more

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Could a simple kiss on the cheek spread disease?

Could a simple kiss on the cheek spread disease?

It might if: while giving the kiss droplets hit the other's person's eyes, nose, mouth. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes froma kiss on the cheek ?

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