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A 29-year-old female asked:

if my bf has hsv2 but no active sores and i performed oral sex on him am i at risk for genital herpes or oral herpes? again he has never had an outbreak and i have no cuts on my mouth. used mouthwash.

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Dr. Samuel Burchfield
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Yes, low risk: Viral shedding occurs in the absence of open sores.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Theoretically: Herpes virus is shed primarily when lesions are active, but unfortunately it is possible to transmit the virus even when there is no obvious lesions present and thus you are at risk for contacting oral and vaginal infections when exposed.

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