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Can i spread herpes by kissing on the cheek?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Kissing can definitely spread herpes.

In brief: Yes

Kissing can definitely spread herpes.
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Dr. Jane Van Dis
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Dr. James Mirabile
This is dependent on where the lesion is.
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1. HSV-1 is the most prevalent form of herpes simplex virus, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. The highest incidence of first infection occurs between 6 months and 3 years of age. Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is enough to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because herpes simplex virus 1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Herpes

Usually herpes spreads from mucus membrane to another mucus membrane or open sore.
It is highly unlikely to transmit herpes with contact of healthy intact skin.

In brief: Herpes

Usually herpes spreads from mucus membrane to another mucus membrane or open sore.
It is highly unlikely to transmit herpes with contact of healthy intact skin.
Dr. Michael Swor
Dr. Michael Swor
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