Can the Genital Herpes Virus Be Found in Saliva?

Question

Asked by wyoming

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?

Answer

Hi Wyoming,

If you kissed someone on the mouth who had genital herpes, then no, you wouldn't risk infection. However, if the person you kissed has oral herpes (which cause cold sores), then you could contract that.

Best,

Renee