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Self-Infection of HSV-1 to another part of body I.E. Face

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Since I know I got HSV-1 from saliva (french kiss), I'm wondering if it's possible to spread HSV1 to the face area I.E. While a dentist is working on my teeth, is it possible for the saliva that hits my face or say the dentist rubs saliva on my chin or cheek by accident?

I already got HSV1 (cold sores) but I'm wondering how or if it can spread to other parts of the face via saliva touching an area.

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Tiny

Probably highly unlikely, as you would have antibodies in your blood to fight a re-infection.

That being said herpes lives in your nerves, which I guess kind of looks like a tree. When it is active it is right at the end of a twig on you skin. It then retreats back into the trunk when dormant. When it reactivates it can travel down a different branch of the tree and so be at a different location.

In my case, I got genital herpes through oral sex. I had two shaving cuts which is where the virus go in, most of my outbreaks occur on this two locations, but I also get one on my lower back. There was no broken skin at the time of infection and no contact with that area by the other person. I assume that area is served by the same nerve tree as the place where the virus first got in.

However I do think it is not totally impossible to pass it to yourself (people who wear contact lenses need to be very careful about washing there hands and not licking contact lenses...because you can get it in your eyes) just highly unlikely.

Herpes is apparently a very wimpy virus and dies quite quickly outside of the body.

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Amalia

I have had cold sores since I was about 3 and have been to the dentist too many times to count now - I am 45 : )

I have never had any issues or worries about spreading the virus through dental work. Having said that, I wouldn't

go to the dentist for work if I had a cold sore at the time. I agree with the above poster.

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