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Hello everyone. This is my first post and I am really thankful that there is a site like this to provide information to people.

I took Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a style of wrestling) for a while and started to feel I was at risk for a staph infection or possibly herpes gladiatorum (a type of HSV-1) because the mats and area where we trained was dirty and not well kept. Plus, the skin to skin contact increased my chances.

Now, I am possibly going to start boxing. Has anyone ever heard of a person contacting herpes from boxing? I was wondering if you punched somone who had an outbreak on their face and their you went to gaurd your face (your glove touched your own face) could you come into contact with the herpes virus?

I thank you for your thoughts and time. God bless.

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Hi adam5,

That is theoretically possible because you would most likely be guarding your face right after you you threw a punch at the opponent. My best advice is to try not to worry about the possibilities and live your life.

I don't think the mats would be a concern as far as HSV but the staph would, MRSA is becoming extremely prevalent in society today.

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