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Thursday, May 08, 2008 KNel481000, Community Member, asks

Q: can you get herpes by kissing and touching

I recently kisses a guy that has herpes i did touch his penis with my hand does that mean i have herpes now? I scard

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Jeannie May, Community Member
5/10/08 9:23pm

If the guy only has genital herpes you could not catch it from just kissing him.


You can contract herpes from skin contact so technically it would be possible for you to have transferred the virus to your hand if you had a break in the skin - commonly people acquire herpetic whitlow around the fingernails as there are often spits in the cuticles. So, even if you had tranferred herpes to your hand, you could not get genital herpes unless you had genital contact.

Renee Culver, Editor
8/17/14 9:10pm

Hi KNel481000,


I'm sure you got an answer to your question long ago, so if you have a chance, come back and let us know how you're doing.


In general, if you only kissed a boy with genital herpes you'd be fine. If he was having an outbreak at the time you touched his penis, then it's possible that you may have tranferred it to your mouth or genitals around that time. The best way to know for sure is to have yourself tested.


Hope things have gone well!



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By KNel481000, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/17/14, First Published: 05/08/08