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Can I get herpes on my neck from scratching an active sore on my gential and not washing my hands?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Little or no risk

Self-transfer of herpes to another body site is called auto-inoculation.
It sometimes occurs during the very first HSV infection, so if you're still in your original outbreak, be careful to wash hands after contacting genitals and avoid rubbing your eyes. But no risk for recurrent outbreaks: the immune system prevents auto-inoculation.

In brief: Little or no risk

Self-transfer of herpes to another body site is called auto-inoculation.
It sometimes occurs during the very first HSV infection, so if you're still in your original outbreak, be careful to wash hands after contacting genitals and avoid rubbing your eyes. But no risk for recurrent outbreaks: the immune system prevents auto-inoculation.
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