U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 23-year-old female asked:

I have genital hsv-1 and i was wondering if during an outbreak, it could be spread orally? (ex: kissing) or does it could just be spread through vaginal/oral sex?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Local spread: This is not a germ that courses through your body like a flu. It is locally spread. Passage to genitals/oral cavity during an outbreak would only occur with direct contact to the inflamed area.
Last updated Jun 23, 2021

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.