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Can herpes be contracted by kissing?
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Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology
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In brief: Yes
Asymptomatic viral shedding is the most common way to spread herpes.
Taking medication can decrease the risk if your partner is infected. See this article i authored on the topic: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes.

In brief: Yes
Asymptomatic viral shedding is the most common way to spread herpes.
Taking medication can decrease the risk if your partner is infected. See this article i authored on the topic: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes.
Dr. Harry Greenberg
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2.
Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations.

In brief: Yes
Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2.
Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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