Hi, with 2 people giving a few peck type kisses and no big, obvious, typical cold sores present, but some lip issues (cracked lips, a tiny red bump, a crack), is there a risk of transmission? Or is it needed that there are real open cold sores? Are there any studies on the transmission through peck kisses?
I think the risk of transmission here is incredibly small. It takes far more contact to transmit herpes. There have been no studies looking at “pecks” as we know this alone is not a method of transmission.
Thanks, that eases my mind a bit. But how then do children get infected? They dont usually get more than a peck?
And can inflamed taste buds be a sign of herpes too?
Inflammed taste buds are not a sign of herpes, no.
In the past, and sometimes currently, people with active cold sores kiss children if with an active cold sore present, transmission can occur with less contact. I have had parents on this forum who tell me the grandparents refuse to believe that cold sores are infectious to their grandchildren.
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