can herpes transfer through blood?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. The virus actually lives in the nerves. It is present on the skin (and thus is infectious) when a person is having an outbreak (cold sores or genital sores) and sometimes it is present on the skin when no sores are present.
But you need to come in physical contact with the virus, not just fluids, for infection to occur. For oral herpes, this would mean kissing someone when they had a cold sore, for example. For genital herpes, this would mean genital-to-oral or genital-to-genital contact during an outbreak, or when they were experiencing viral shedding.
In rare cases, you can catch herpes from objects, but the virus dies quickly away from the human body. If someone with a cold sore took a drink from a bottle, and then immediately passed the bottle to you, there is a possibility that you could catch their herpes. But if the bottle sat around for a while, and then you took a drink, there would be no danger.
This also means that people with herpes - oral or genital - can give blood with no worries whatsoever. I know because I have genital herpes and asked about this specifically when I gave blood.
- Anonymous4 years ago
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