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My girlfriend has hsv-2 and has never had an outbreak. i do not have the virus. is it safe for me to perform oral sex on her?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Low but not 0 risk: If she is simply an asymptomatic carrier then the risk of transmission is extremely low. HSV is transmitted when the virus is active. This is in the 24 hours before the lesions of an outbreak appear.

Answered 9/8/2017

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Life is full of risk: Life is full of risks and benefits. Choose wisely. It is never 100% safe to consume vaginal secretions from a person with genital herpes because the viruses come and go, even without an obvious outbreak. "Never had an outbreak" makes one wonder how she knows she actually has genital herpes. It may be helpful to test both person's antibodies to HSV1 and HSV2 with a HerpeSelect lab test.

Answered 8/24/2017

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