Yes, herpes can be transmitted through kissing. Herpes is a viral infection that can be caused by either herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both types of herpes can be transmitted through kissing, particularly if the infected person has an active outbreak of cold sores or fever blisters around their mouth.
When someone has an active herpes outbreak, the virus can be present in their saliva, and kissing can spread the infection to another person’s mouth or genitals. It’s important to note that even if someone doesn’t have an active outbreak, they can still transmit the virus to others through kissing, as the virus can be present in their saliva at any time.
To reduce the risk of transmitting herpes through kissing, it’s important to avoid kissing someone who has an active outbreak of cold sores or fever blisters. If you have herpes and are concerned about transmitting the virus to others, you should talk to your healthcare provider about ways to reduce the risk of transmission, such as taking antiviral medication or using condoms during sexual activity.