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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.

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