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Saliva carries the herpes virus

  • herpes
  • bite
  • biting

Question:

"I got bit on the arm by someone known to have some form of herpes. While it doesn't appear the bite broke the skin is it possible i have herpes now?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Thank you for you question. You are not the first person to contact us about bites and STD transmission.

Herpes can be transmitted through biting. There have been numerous studies that confirm this. The herpes virus is carried in saliva, so it makes sense that it can be transferred from one person to another during a bite.

That being said, there have been no reported cases of one person giving another person herpes by biting them. 

Since your skin was no broken when you were bitten, chances are low that you could have contracted herpes in that instance. That being said, many people contract the disease in childhood without realizing it, often receiving the virus by sharing silverware or cups or from a relative that kisses them. If you have never been tested for herpes, it might be a good idea to do so. A lot of people have the disease but do not experience outbreaks.


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