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Person dating revealed that she has hsv-2. We have deeply kissed one another several times but no intercourse. Can i get hsv-2 from kissing, saliva?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: If she has HSV-2

In the genital area then no, if she has hsv -2 in the mouth area like a cold sore then you can obtain it if she is secreting the virus when you kiss hsv-2 is usually in genital area and hsv-1 is usually in mouth area but you can get hsv-2 in the mouth area and hsv-1 in the genital area, the key issue is whether she is secreting virus, way to prevent that is continuous Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day.

In brief: If she has HSV-2

In the genital area then no, if she has hsv -2 in the mouth area like a cold sore then you can obtain it if she is secreting the virus when you kiss hsv-2 is usually in genital area and hsv-1 is usually in mouth area but you can get hsv-2 in the mouth area and hsv-1 in the genital area, the key issue is whether she is secreting virus, way to prevent that is continuous Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day.
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