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Hello there Hsv1 oral , if no lesions occur 1 month pass , i had only close mouth kiss 5 sec ,as your site mentioned for both hsv1 and hsv2 incubation period 5 to 21 days ? And , hsv1 is it deadly ? What about encephalitis I read its danger in new borns or with immune system problem as caused by hiv

Hi,

Thanks for your question.

Brief, closed-mouth kissing like you described is low risk, but it is possible for HSV (herpes) to be passed even with brief contact.

You’re correct that when a person is exposed to HSV we would expect to see symptoms develop by 21 days. If you have not seen any lesions appear by 21 days, you can assume you did not come in contact with HSV from that specific encounter.

HSV is usually not dangerous, and it is rare to have any complications with HSV-1 or 2. Encephalitis from HSV is very rare. There can be some danger to new born babies if the mother has open lesions on their genitals while giving birth. There is anti-viral medication that pregnant people can use to prevent lesions during childbirth. For people living with HIV, we rarely see complications with HSV. If you are living with HIV and have questions about HSV please feel free to submit another question for more information.

Hope this helps.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on June 13, 2018

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