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    Can HSV-1 or 2 be contracted through kissing?

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Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: Hello, today I was kissed on my head ( on my hair). I am worried about the hsv 1 & 2 virus. The person who kissed me first has hsv 1 but has did not show any signs of hsv1. because an hour and a half later I was kissed in the same spot by another person. Can that person contract it?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 46 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No risk of transmission

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr. kakkar (dermatologist).
I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.
I dont think there is any risk of transmission of HSV. Herpes virus does not survive outside the body for more than a few seconds. It dies quickly on drying. Moreover a dry kiss is unlikely to have any risk of innoculation of the virus as compared to a wet kiss.

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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 18 hours later
What if that person had an active cold sore and kissed me on top of my head (on my hair) then an hour later a person that does not have hsv kissed me on my head on the same spot? Would there be transmission, could that person contract hsv from kissing the already kissed hair?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 24 hours later
Brief Answer:
No risk of HSV

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

No. As I said the virus does not surive oitside the body for long and dies quickly on drying. It would not have survived for 1 hour.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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