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Wednesday, April 08, 2009 wyoming, Community Member, asks

Q: herpes in saliva

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?

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t, Community Member
6/ 6/09 4:39pm
I believe that would be just with oral herpes. Reply
Renee Culver, Editor
8/17/14 2:08pm

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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By wyoming, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/17/14, First Published: 04/08/09