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My friend has herpes and I kissed him last night but it was only for about two seconds could I get herpes?

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Dr. Frank Pinto
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly...

To some extent this depends on your own immune status.
If you have ever had a cold sore (aka fever blister) you may already have antibodies to type 1 herpes simplex virus (hsv) that would protect you against a new infection. Toddlers and small children can also get a hsv-1 infection of the lips and oral cavity that again will usually produce protective antibodies.

In brief: Possibly...

To some extent this depends on your own immune status.
If you have ever had a cold sore (aka fever blister) you may already have antibodies to type 1 herpes simplex virus (hsv) that would protect you against a new infection. Toddlers and small children can also get a hsv-1 infection of the lips and oral cavity that again will usually produce protective antibodies.
Dr. Frank Pinto
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Herpes is transmitted by direct contact.
Most people think it's only contagious with active lesions or symptoms such as blisters or sores but studies have shown there are a percentage of people who shed the virus even without symptoms and therefore are contagious. Once a person has herpes, they are always a carrier and potentially can always infect another person, with or without symptoms.

In brief: Yes

Herpes is transmitted by direct contact.
Most people think it's only contagious with active lesions or symptoms such as blisters or sores but studies have shown there are a percentage of people who shed the virus even without symptoms and therefore are contagious. Once a person has herpes, they are always a carrier and potentially can always infect another person, with or without symptoms.
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