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Can I get an Herpes from using someone's chopstick or sharing food if they haven't broken out yet?

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Dr. Christine Salter
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes.

The herpes virus is shed prior to the actual rash.

In brief: Yes.

The herpes virus is shed prior to the actual rash.
Dr. Christine Salter
Dr. Christine Salter
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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice

In brief: Herpes

Yes and No. Most people get oral herpes as children from other family members.
75% of Americans have this virus. Before you worry about others giving this to you you must get a blood test to see if you already have it. Herpes contagiousness has no correlation between them having sores or not. So, yes, eating off utensils from other people is a way to get herpes.

In brief: Herpes

Yes and No. Most people get oral herpes as children from other family members.
75% of Americans have this virus. Before you worry about others giving this to you you must get a blood test to see if you already have it. Herpes contagiousness has no correlation between them having sores or not. So, yes, eating off utensils from other people is a way to get herpes.
Dr. Robert Killian
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Donald Collins
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Herpes is a virus that causes cold sores around your mouth.
There is another herpes virus that causes genital infection, but you cannot catch that from Chapstick or eating after them. You can catch the oral virus by eating or drinking after someone, using their Chapstick, or kissing them. They are most contagious when they have lesions, but some virus can be present before they break out.

In brief: Yes

Herpes is a virus that causes cold sores around your mouth.
There is another herpes virus that causes genital infection, but you cannot catch that from Chapstick or eating after them. You can catch the oral virus by eating or drinking after someone, using their Chapstick, or kissing them. They are most contagious when they have lesions, but some virus can be present before they break out.
Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collins
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