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Chance of getting oral herpes from friend?

By Anonymous February 4, 2017 - 4:25pm
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My best friend (female) and I went to an event today, and I noticed she had a few bumps by her mouth, looking almost like acne but red and irritated. She told me that basically she got oral herpes from her mother at a young age, probably from sharing a water bottle or cutlery. She gets an outbreak every now and then.
We then had lunch and I had pasta and she asked for some. Without thinking until the last minute I gave her my fork and she ate a piece of pasta. Afterwards I was very careful not to let the fork touch my lips, tongue and teeth when I was eating. She then said afterwards that she made sure that she didn't touch the fork, she just took off the pasta piece and that she wouldn't have spread it to me.

I'm just worried now that I could have picked it up from her? Is there a possibility?? Should I get myself tested?

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Hi Helena! I sent you a message. thanks!

April 22, 2017 - 8:40pm

Dear RK,

Thanks for your post today.

I can't say with any certainly what your chances are, but it's not a good idea to share utensils and drink out of the same cup as someone else, with or without herpes.

People contract herpes by touching infected saliva, mucous membranes, or skin.

Here is a good resource with more information on oral herpes.



February 4, 2017 - 6:28pm
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Hi Helena, thanks for responding. I sent you a private message!

February 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)


I saw it after I already responded here.


February 5, 2017 - 7:56am
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Hi Helena, thanks for responding.
I read the link, as well as some others, but I am still a bit confused as to what my chances are. I am thinking of contacting my doctor in the morning and asking what his thoughts are on it. Should I get myself tested?

February 4, 2017 - 8:45pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)


It can't hurt to contact your doctor. He might be able to give you more information.

Good luck.


February 5, 2017 - 6:58am
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