• wyoming wyoming
    April 08, 2009
    Can you transmit herpes through saliva?
    wyoming wyoming
    April 08, 2009

    I have read that herpes can be present in saliva, and I am wondering if I kiss a person with a genital herpes outbreak could the virus be in his saliva, or is that only true with oral herpes?



  • Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014
    Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014

    Hi Wyoming,


    I'm sure you've found an answer to your question already, but yes, it's quite possible to catch herpes from someone who has genital herpes. If you kissed someone who had genital herpes on the mouth only, then no, you wouldn't risk infection. However, if she has oral herpes (which cause cold sores) then you could contract that.


    Try these links and see if they help:

    Herpes:  Knowing the Risks

    Genital Herpes: The Basics






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