A 21-year-old female asked:
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i get cold sores occasionally. can i infect male genitals with herpes by giving unprotected oral sex, if i do not have an outbreak at the time?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: Yes. Absolutely. But, remember 75% of Americans have Herpes Simplex and cannot get the infection more than once.
Answered on Aug 10, 2017
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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Yes.: Genital herpes can be transmitted by oral sex and can be caused by HSV I or HSV II. The transmission of herpes can occur in the absence of lesions and during asymptomatic shedding.
Answered on Aug 10, 2017
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
But most people are immune carriers of type 1 and many are also immune to type 2 because of previous infections.
Jul 2, 2017

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