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If someone has herpes on their hand. Herpes whitlow. And shakes your hand. No visible cuts on your hand. But are dry. Odds contracting herpes that w?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Almost zero chance

Unless the whitlow is open and weeping, there is little if any infection risk.
I have never heard of herpes being transmitted by shaking hands. However, it is important that people with herpes whitlow not allow the infected finger come in contact with other persons' eyes, mouth, or genital area, e.g. during sex or foreplay.

In brief: Almost zero chance

Unless the whitlow is open and weeping, there is little if any infection risk.
I have never heard of herpes being transmitted by shaking hands. However, it is important that people with herpes whitlow not allow the infected finger come in contact with other persons' eyes, mouth, or genital area, e.g. during sex or foreplay.
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