[Question #4613] Risk of Acquiring HSV2 From Kissing

28 months ago
Hello Doctors. I made a dumb mistake and kissed a girl drunk 2 days ago. We kissed 2 for like 4 seconds each time.18 hours later I had a cold sore.  I thought maybe the girl I kissed gave me the cold sore.  

Do I have to worry about HSV2 for kissing this girl (is this a real risk)or is it likely this is a normal HSV1 cold sore? Was I at any real risk of acquiring HSV2? I suffer from OCD and Anxiety so your response will be very helpful. I think it more guilt with kissing someone else that was not my current partner.

Please let me know if I need to worry about this event or move on . Thank you. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
28 months ago
Have you ever in your life had a cold sore on your lip before?  If yes, then this was a likely a recurrence.
the risk of acquiring HSV 2 from kissing someone is incredibly incredibly small.  HSV 2 does not like the oral area and when acquired there, which is uncommon, it very rarely recurs there and sheds very infrequently there.

Terri
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28 months ago
Yes i have cold sores in the past. So can I assume its safe to move on with my regular partner? 
28 months ago
From other posts I have read you and Dr H have it see cases of HVS2 via kissing.  Is this correct
28 months ago
Sorry I meant to say have not seen cases of HSV2 via kissing
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
28 months ago
I have never seen a case of HSV 2 transmitted via kissing, no.  I think you are good to go!

Terri
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