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aj2234
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I was just wandering whether cheek kissing (i.e., lips only grazing the cheek if that) posed a risk of transferring the herpes virus?
Also, if the cheek kiss was on the OPPOSITE side to the cold sore (so, say the sore was on the left side of the lips and the kiss was on the right) would that pose a risk, or is the virus too localised to the sore to pose any risk?
Thanks!

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Robin Lee
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Hi Aj2234,

When kissing someone who has a cold sore, you want to kiss well away from the sore. It's contact with an open sore or the area around it that poses the highest risk of herpes transmission.

Here's some more information:

Are coldsores herpes?[
[b]The STI Files: Herpes



/b]

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Robin

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aj2234
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So, having read both of those, I still just wanted to clarify - would a cheek kiss on the side away from the sore (where the source is not touched) pose much of a risk?
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Molias
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Most likely, your risk would be low if you made contact well away from the sore. But beyond "probably pretty low" we can't know for sure.
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aj2234
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Okay, thankyou, I just wanted some clarification to put my mind at ease.
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