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Oral herpes - transmission by saliva?
An_210364 posted:
I know a girl who has oral herpes (cold sores), apparently she's had it all her life. The other night we were at a bar and she had to lean in really close to me to talk, but she ended up spitting on my face/near my mouth area a little bit. She didn't have any open sores or anything, but I'm really worried now--is it possible to catch it that way? Thanks!
An_210365 responded:
Also -- can you catch it by sharing drinking glasses?
Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to An_210365's response:
Hi Anon_35345,

Welcome to the community, please feel free to join our discussions.

WebMD has a detailed article that will help. Here is the link: Herpes Simplex Type 1 and 2 Quoting the article:

"What Causes Herpes Infections and Outbreaks?

Herpes simplex type 1, which is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils. In general, a person can only get herpes type 2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. It is important to know that both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if sores are not present."

Let me know if you need more information.

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