[Question #5661] Genital HSV1 transmission via Kissing?

21 months ago
I have been diagnosed with genital HSV1. Is it possible for me to infect an uninfected person by kissing them during an intimate session(beyond just a quick peck on the lips) I am also on preventative treatment to reduce the risk of outbreak and spreading of the virus which is a pill a day. I am concerned also about transferring the virus to my 8YR old daughter by kissing her goodnight showing affection as parents do with a forehead or cheek kiss. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
No, if you have genital HSV 1  only it is not spread via kissing.  And you absolutely do not need to have any concerns about kissing your child or expressing affection in any way to her.  No worries at all.

Terri
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21 months ago
Along the same lines of this question both my wife and I have genital HSV1 if I perform oral sex on her can I transfer the virus to my mouth region?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
Same rules apply:  once you have HSV 1 at one location on your body, it would be extremely unlikely that you would get it at a new location (mouth). 

Terri
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21 months ago
Thank you Terri, one last question with regards to this topic of transferring the virus. When I was diagnosed and I had my first outbreak 10 days after infection I had painful urination but only a small cluster of red bumps on my left butt cheek that at most itched (no fluid ooze or anything) The small cluster on my butt was tested and tested positive for HSV1. my question is if I'm with an uninfected person and I am not having an outbreak can they contract the virus from just putting their hands on my butt near where my first cluster was? I would of course be using protection for sexual intercourse or oral sex and I'm currently on preventative treatment of valacyclovir. I just need to know if its possible to infect someone by having them simply place their hand or hands on my butt where my first outbreak occurred. Thank you in advance.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
The skin of the buttocks does not shed virus when there is no sore there - it is too thick so the answer to your thoughtful question is no, someone touching that area is NOT a risk when there are no sores present.

Terri
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