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A 20-year-old female asked:

If partner has oral herpes type1 and lubricated his genitals with his saliva can i get the virus? and then we proceeded to have unprotected sex. i have oral herpes 1 as well and 2 weeks ago i had my very first outbreak

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Only temporarily: A woman who already had Herpes 1 a while back, will already have antibodies that stop Herpes 1 viruses. If that saliva-coated penis transferred Herpes 1 viruses into her vagina, she has the viruses temporarily... but only until her antibodies zap them. Thus, if her immune system is working well, her antibodies should prevent new Herpes 1 viruses from taking root on or in her genitals.
Last updated Dec 31, 2021

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