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My grandpa has human cytomegalovirus. What are the chances that i caught this by simply kissing him on the lips?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: ~everybody gets it

Almost everybody gets CMV and can from infancy up until old age.
It is not recurrent like a cold, but it is so common in the gereral population you can be exposed almost anywhere.Any shopping cart,door knob,counter top, railing, etc could hold the virus long enough that you get exposed. Innocently wiping your face can transfer it to your mouth where it enters to infect you.

In brief: ~everybody gets it

Almost everybody gets CMV and can from infancy up until old age.
It is not recurrent like a cold, but it is so common in the gereral population you can be exposed almost anywhere.Any shopping cart,door knob,counter top, railing, etc could hold the virus long enough that you get exposed. Innocently wiping your face can transfer it to your mouth where it enters to infect you.
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Dr. James Ferguson
CMV is a germ like chickenpox that can lie dormant in your body for decades and re-activate.The germ is no more or less strong that way than when it is passed in the community.Lowered immunity with the aging is one of the triggers.
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