GET HERPES FROM MY SISTER?
If she has genital herpes, you cannot get it from casual contact such as during hugging, sharing clothes or from sharing a toilet seat. Genital herpes is spread via sex. If she has cold sores on her mouth (oral herpes), that can definitely be spread by kissing.
Herpes infections stay in the body for life, but most people learn to cope and adjust. Your interactions with your sister don't need to change. Being informed is the best medicine. You might learn about herpes yourself, and/or direct your sister to the City Clinic website for up-to-date information.
To your health,
STD TRANSMISSION AND PREVENTION ADVICE
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