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Canandaigua, NY
A 49-year-old female asked:

i have genital herpes and have a spot on the outside of my bottom lip, i was going to have sex tonight, he knows that i have g. h. should i not?

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Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Touchy situation: A lesion on your lip means you are actively shedding virus and are contagious, so oral sex is out. Genital herpes present with no outbreak there does not mean that your are not contagious, because you still could be shedding virus. This whole gh thing is a big bummer. Even using condoms won't protect him from a lesion on your thigh. One idea would be for you both to be on suppressive oral therapy.

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