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Is it possible to get oral herpes form giving oral sex? It's been 3 months and no signs or symptoms.

Is it possible to get oral herpes form giving oral sex? It's been 3 months and no signs or symptoms.

Possible, not common: Performing oral sex on a partner with genital herpes could risk oral infection. However, it is quite uncommon. If you didn't develop symptoms (oral sores, sore throat, etc) within a few days, then probably you weren't infected. It's time to stop worrying about it! ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I recently shared a spoon with someone, can I get oral herpes? No sign of breakout. Spoon went back in soup before I used.

I recently shared a spoon with someone, can I get oral herpes? No sign of breakout. Spoon went back in soup before I used.

Unlikely: But not impossible. Even if the individual you shared a spoon with did not have an active outbreak, the virus could still be shedding and contactable. Most primary hsv-1 infections are asymptomatic and only 20 to 25 percent of patients ever recall an outbreak. So you may have contracted it! ...Read more

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Can I get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Can I get oral herpes from sharing drinking straw with infected person with no cold sore at the time?

Risky: An infected person can shed virus that could result in transmission without having an obvious lesion. In america at lest 1 in 4 people have herpes - 90% of them do not know they have it, and 3% of them are shedding virus (they are contagious) at any one time. Better to have your own straw and not take a chance. ...Read more

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Can I get oral herpes from my bf if he has genital herpes on the tip of his penis around the edge of the tip?

Yes: You can share herpetic infections oral and genital by contact. The virus is always present but not always active. Herpes is highly contagious in its active form. ...Read more

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If me and my partner both have genital herpes and I perform oral sex on him, can I get oral herpes if he's not having an outbreak?

A Short Short Answer: A simple question with a potentially VERY complex answer. The short short short answer is Yes...possibly. You see it depends on the virus you have, he has, and the immunity you have developed overall. But even with immunity you can get either, just less probably. Next, you can get it without lesions because the virus can be hanging out there for several days before an outbreak. That's the basics. ...Read more

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If I get oral herpes for the first time during third trimester of pregnancy will this harm my unborn baby?

If I get oral herpes for the first time during third trimester of pregnancy will this harm my unborn baby?

You are FIRST trimes: If you carry the baby 2-3 weeks after infection begins, your body develops immunity which is passed onto the baby for several months. If the baby comes sooner, your body may not yet be producing antibodies. Then the baby needs to be closely observed because herpes in a newborn is very serious. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes to get worse?

Can oral herpes to get worse?

Yes: You need to conrol your onset and outbreaks with oral medication. The medication is very expensive if you do not have medical/drug insurance coverage. The herpes virus remains
latent inside of your nerve tract until
it becomes active by stress, hormonal changes and etc. ...Read more

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Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

Am I going to get oral herpes if my girlfriend has it?

At Risk: You are at risk as long as there is an active lesion present. If there is contact when this is shedding the virus, the likelihood is high. If you are careful then you can avoid it. Rule of thumb-- active lesion --> no contact. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Do you get toothaches from oral herpes?

Do you get toothaches from oral herpes?

No: Toothaches typically occur from tooth decay, tooth fracture or exposed tooth surfaces (often from gum line recession exposing root surfaces). But---soft tissue pain, burning, tingling can occur from oral herpes. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes from kissing someone with oral herpes?

Can you get oral herpes from kissing someone with oral herpes?

Yes: There are 2 main Herpes simplex viruses, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes the common cold sores, whereas HSV-2 is genital herpes. If one performs oral sex, they can certainly get Genital herpes (HSV-2) on the oral area. Either way, the HSV viruses can be contagious. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of oral herpes?

You can't: Oral herpes is a diesease for life with no cure. Valtrex (valacyclovir) taken chronicxally can prevent many episodes and reduce duration. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes and not vaginal herpes?

Can you get oral herpes and not vaginal herpes?

Yes: Genital herpes is a disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv), of which there are two types. Type 1 (hsv-1) usually causes oral herpes, an infection of the lips and mouth. In the past, hsv-1 was not known to cause genital herpes, but that is changing, especially among people who begin having sex at a young age. Still, in most cases, genital herpes is caused by hsv-2 herpes virus. ...Read more

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Can my baby get oral herpes from another baby in the play group?

Can my baby get oral herpes from another baby in the play group?

Yes: Herpes (oral) is very common and is easily spread from person to person. It is spread by mucous droplets or direct contact to the herpes sores. You can't prevent everything and most cases are relatively minor. However very young babies can have other complications from the virus. ...Read more

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If I have gential herpes and kiss someone with oral herpes will I get it orally?

Very Likely: They are different, but very similar diseases. Your chances are very high, especially if the lesion has opened and appear moist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Oral herpes, specifically, from sharing a glass with someone? If so, how soon could it develop?

Very rare: In general, HSV is transmitted only by direct skin to skin contact with an infected person, like kissing or sex. The virus is rarely if ever transmitted by sharing drinking or eating utensils. Also not by shared towels, clothing, or toilets. Whenever HSV is caught, symptoms usually start 3-5 days later, sometimes up to 10-14 days. ...Read more

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How likely is it she could get oral herpes from you, and then transfer it to your genitals?

How likely is it she could get oral herpes from you, and then transfer it to your genitals?

Unlikely: Having a women become colonized and infected with your herpes simplex virus and then transferring the same virus to your genitals through oral sex is very unlikely. It is far more likely to occur through oral sex when the recipient has not yet been infected with the strain of herpes in your mouth. Since oral sex became more acceptable we see this transfer occurring frequently. ...Read more

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Can you get oral herpes from sharing a drink with someone that has herpes and is taking medication for it?

Yes: If someone has an active lesion (despite medication) transfer could be possible if the lips touch the same area on the glass. ...Read more

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If a guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?

If a guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?

Yes: The disease can be transmitted without current active lesions, however, it is far less likely than when active lesions are present. ...Read more

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Hello, I wanted to know could you get oral herpes from kissing a person and smoking after a person if they do not have an outbreak? I've went to the d

Yes: But most people already carry this virus. Probably you are one of them. 90% of people colonized by hsv-1 have no symptoms and are not aware that they are infected. If you already carry this virus there is no risk from exposure to it. ...Read more

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Can u get oral herpes from genital herpes?

Yes of course: If you have oral sex with someone who has active genital herpes then can get the herpes orally, genital herpes is type 2 oral herpes is type 1 but u can get type 1 or 2 in either area. Continuous Valtrex (valacyclovir) can prevent outbreaks of herpes, please see your gyn. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you ever get a cold sore in your life you have oral herpes for life?

I'm just wondering, if you ever get a cold sore in your life you have oral herpes for life?

Right: Almost everyone has been exposed to that virus. It resides within us all. When we have a dip in our resistance, these herpes ulcers can appear. ...Read more

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How come I would sometimes get the prodrome symptoms of oral herpes but never the actual blister?

Immunity: The varying degrees of immune mechanisms which keep herpes simplex virus in check are not fully understood. We know that some people are prone to frequent outbreaks and others have none, and some, like you, get only partial symptoms. Consider yourself fortunate. ...Read more

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I have oral herpes 1, I don't have it genitally, if I have unprotected vaginal sex can my partner get infected?

I have oral herpes 1, I don't have it genitally, if I have unprotected vaginal sex can my partner get infected?

Vaginal sex no risk: Herpes can only be transmitted by direct, personal contact with the infected area. Assuming you do not also have genital HSV1, vaginal sex cannot transmit it. However, kissing or oral sex could transmit it to his mouth or penis, respectively. He could have a blood test to see if he already has HSV1 (half the population has it). If so, he is immune to catching it again. ...Read more

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