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I have a dumb question: HSV-2 and kissing?

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I am new to all of this and can't seem to find the answer to this - I have HSV2. Can I pass it via kissing? I know you can with HSV1 if there is a cold sore but I'm thinking since mine affects the genital region I have no worries of passing via kissing, right? Sorry if this sounds stupud. I just don't want to pass this monster to anyone. 

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  • mr_hopp changed the title to I have a dumb question: HSV-2 and kissing?

No dumb questions here! Glad you’re asking to be clear. It’s a common question, so you’re in good company. 

If you have genital HSV-2 then you wouldn’t shed virus around your mouth; viral shedding only happens around the general area of the original infection. So if you have genital herpes, it sheds below the belt; if you have oral herpes, it sheds around the mouth. Does that help?

Note: This is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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