Can You Catch Herpes By Touching Someone?

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Alternative Names

Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex


Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes.

Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your...

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