If someone kisses a person who has cold sores (herpes simplex), will they be at risk for getting them?

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Yes, they absolutely are at risk for contracting the cold sore. Colds sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. Most viral pathogenic organisms are contagious and the Herpes Simplex virus is highly contagious. Not only should you refrain from kissing them but also the sharing of eating utensils and drinking after them should be frowned upon. Theoretically, once a cold sore lesion has formed a...

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