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Can you get genital herpes by kissing someone who is having an outbreak on their genitals?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Possibke

You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus.
If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are at risk - if you mean only kissing in the traditional sense, with no genital contact, then you should not be at risk. If your partner has oral herpes, then again you would be at risk with traditional kissing.

In brief: Possibke

You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus.
If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are at risk - if you mean only kissing in the traditional sense, with no genital contact, then you should not be at risk. If your partner has oral herpes, then again you would be at risk with traditional kissing.
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