[Question #3939] HSV1 transmission question

33 months ago

If you are next to a person in a restaurant and they have a cold sore, are you at risk if you shared a dessert and shared a couple of sips of a drink with them. My understanding is that it poses no risk at all and it seems that “reputable web sites” clearly state that no one has ever transmitted HSV1 through sharing utensils or sharing drinks/glasses. I’ve hear that really the only way you would be at risk was it you kissed the person on the lips – is this accurate?

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
33 months ago
There is no risk of getting herpes in the way that you describe, you are absolutely correct.

Terri
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33 months ago
Thanks Terri. 1st follow-up - why do so many physicians (and others) give misinformation about how HSV1 is transmitted (like transmission from inanimate objects)?
33 months ago
Hey Terri 2nd and final follow-up. You've mentioned HSV1 being somewhat difficult to transmit - this seems to fly in the face of the "grandma gave the child a peck"? Any reason? Also is Sitavig a breakthrough treatment? Thanks
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
33 months ago
I don't really know why some clinicians give false information about transmission.  Perhaps they don't follow the professional literature on herpes
I believe what we've said is that HSV 1 genital infection is difficult to transmit and oral herpes is not transmitted in the ways that you described.  It takes a certainlhy volume of virus to infect another person AND that volume needs to come into contact with parts of another person that are vulnerable - i.e. very thin skin - like the lip or the genitals.  Virus cannot penetrate intact facial skin, for example - the skin is too thick. 

Terri
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