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Can I get cold sores from kissing someone with a cold sore?

Yes, you can catch cold sores from kissing someone who has them. The virus that causes cold sores can be passed on through direct contact with the cold sores, or through contact with the saliva of an infected person, which can occur during kissing.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Genital herpes

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