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lotion
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Hi, another question:

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Infectious mononucleosis is an acute infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of the herpes group which usually affects young adults and children.
Okay, so if mono stays in someone's body forever...does that mean it can be sexually transmitted? Does it turn into a cold sore virus? Or a genital herpes virus? Or are all of these separate even though they are under the same group? What if you are just kissing someone who had mono as a teenager? Would you get it? Oral sex? Intercourse?

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The virus that causes mono is not the same virus as the ones that cause genital or oral herpes. It's related, but does not produce cold sores or genital herpes sores. If a person has symptoms due to the virus, then it is contagious, but after that person recovers, it is no longer contagious. (In that sense, it's similar to the chicken pox, which is another virus in the herpes group - the virus stays with you for the rest of your life, but after the initial infection, you won't pass the virus on to someone else.)

Make sense?

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Yup, thanks xxx
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Lotion: Just a note too - Once you're done with the infection the first time, because it's still in your body (unlike chicken pox) you can have flare ups. It occurs when u get over-exhausted, over work yourself, or aren't making sure to do things to care for yourself like drinking enough water. With these, you're still not contagious, but it feels the same as it did the first time and can last as long.

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