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In what ways can I infect someone else with herpes?

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Question - (28 September 2006) 3 Answers - (Newest, 11 January 2008)
A female , anonymous writes:

I had a herpes test done recently and I called my doc. to get the results and I found out that I am positive for herpes I but negative for herpes II. Basically I have cold sores inside my mouth, they don't appear outside my mouth though and I was wondering if I should tell my parents and boyfriend? I'm paranoid and scared that I might give it to them because I kiss my parents on the cheek and I even kiss the people at my church on the cheek because it's customary to do in my culture and I don't wnat to spread this to them and have them have it too...can I reinfect myself like if I touch my mouth with my hands could I get herpes on my hand? Or if I touch my mouth and then touch my cheeks or my face? I don't wnat to give my boyfriend herpes and he's going to ask me what's wrong when I dodge his kisses or I don't kiss him anymore. What can I do? I don't want to reinfect myself somehwere else or infect my family or boyfriend. The only reason I got the test was because I wanted to make sure I didn't have any stds (because I did have a sexual relationship with my ex and wanted to make sure I was all right) even though my bf and I have never had sex of any kind, which herpes I I know can be transmitted without sexual contact and I don't wnat to give him anything--what can i do???

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A female reader, nicolexue United States +, writes (11 January 2008):

nicolexue agony auntsex, touch and more tips you can check at this herpes dating site called

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A female reader, beentheredonethat +, writes (28 September 2006):

beentheredonethat agony auntOk from the moment you feel the tingle until it is completely GONE...don't kiss, drink after each other, engage in oral sex, touch your mouth and rub your eyes or nose. It is painful, ugly and mostly benign if you simply follow those rules. Attacks are aggravated if you get run have a fever or cold....(cold sore..fever blister...same thing) or if you don't get enough sleep. I got them by kissing when I was 17...everyone told Me they were nOT contagious....boy I got advice from idiots..

But don't feel bad...anyone can get them...just be careful not to spread them and you'll be fine.

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A female reader, Toria +, writes (28 September 2006):

Toria agony auntHerpes is spread by direct skin to skin contact. Unlike a flu virus that you can get through the air, herpes spreads by direct contact, that is, directly from the site of infection to the site of contact. For example, if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus to their mouth.

Hope this has helped :o)

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