[Question #450] Can HSV-2 be transmitted by kissing?

34 months ago
I am a male who was diagnosed with HSV-2 18 months ago.  I am confused about kissing, some threads online say French kissing is ok, other say it is not.  I was kissing a female over the weekend, thinking kissing was safe.  Please clarify this for me, how likely is it that I spread HSV-2 to her through deep kissing.  We kissed deeply off and on twice on the weekend for about one hour.  If bad, what should I do?  Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
Hi Morris,
May I ask how you were diagnosed with HSV 2 infection?  Swab test, blood antibody test?  Normally, we consider HSV 2 to be a genital infection, unless somehow a lesion show up orally that gets swabbed and is positive for HSV 2.  That is really really rare.  Because we consider this genital unless proven otherwise, kissing is NOT a risk for transmission so you can take that worry off your plate.

Best
Terri
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34 months ago
Thank you Terri, as you may know, I am very relieved by your response.  I was diagnosed via a blood test, Igg.  My doctor says that mean that I have had HSV-2 for quiet sometime and it is not an active infection because of the nature of that test.  That does not sound right.  After my initial ob, I have had one more about one year later.  Both were very mild, two small pimples and no pain.  Thank you so much.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
34 months ago
Morris, what is the numeric value associated with your HSV 2 positive result?  I disagree that this is not an "active" infection.  Everyone who is HSV 2 positive sheds virus from time to time.  But you are not contagious from your mouth, Morris.

Terri
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34 months ago
Thank you again Terri, I appreciate you reassuring me.  I don't know the value of my test, but I plan to get a 2nd test soon.  As far as sex, is it safe for me to perform oral sex on my girl friend since not contagious from my mouth?   This might be my last question per the program, so thank you again.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
33 months ago
If you have HSV 2, you are not infectious from your mouth, no, unless you happen to have it orally AND genitally which is unusual.  Yes, this is your final questions and feel free to post again if you have questions about your newest testing.

Best
Terri
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