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Q: Kissing children

My baby is around a family member who has genital herpes. She is constantly kissing on my baby. Can my child contract genital herpes from getting kissed on the mouth by someone who has it?

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Alone, Community Member
10/ 5/08 10:01pm

unless you can see an obvious sore on your family members lips i wouldnt worry too much about it. Herpes is spread through more intamint contact and open sores. I have been told many times that the virus cant even survive on sheets or dry objects. I also have a nephew who I kiss all the time, and he is perfectly fine :)  All in all I'd just keep an open eye for a RASH OR SORE ON YOUR FAMILY MEMEBER.

knowledge, Community Member
1/ 1/09 3:29am

I don't mean to call anyone an idiot. But a sore does not need to be present for transmission. Also, herpes takes base at ganglions which are groups of nerves, even though it travels all the way across the body to appear in it's usual infected zones.


More importantly, HSV-1 and HSV-2, though generally appearing on the mouth and gentitals respectively appear and are transmitted both orally and genitally.


Conclusion, she has non visible herpes on her mouth or in sores inside her mouth. Transmits it to your baby's easily infected body. Not smart, keep her away or tell her not to kiss her.

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