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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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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?

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?

RELAX: If you have been together for awhile don't worry about it. If you both have genital herpes you both are likely to have hsv2. Since you already have it you cannot catch it. Herpes viruses can be found shedding on the skin when there are no symptoms. Not just near the time of an outbreak. True for hsv1 and hsv2. Most people already have hsv1. A blood test will tell you if you have both or just 1. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes be transmitted by oral sex if no symptoms?

Can oral herpes be transmitted by oral sex if no symptoms?

Possibly: Without active lesions it would be very rare to transmit this infection to the genitals. It is possible to have a small lesion and not be aware of it and thus transmit it. The two types are so very similar that oral herpes can cause genital herpes. If you have herpes in your vagina you may not be aware but you are almost certain to see a herpes lesion on the penis. Genital herpes can infect mouth. ...Read more

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Can I transmit oral herpes through oral sex even if I am not breaking out?

Can I transmit oral herpes through oral sex even if I am not breaking out?

Yes.: Viral shedding from the skin has been documented even when there are no visible lesions. ...Read more

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I have oral herpes can I preform oral sex on my partner that has gential herpes?

I have oral herpes can I preform oral sex on my partner that has gential herpes?

Better not: Oral herpes usually due to herpes type-1and genital herpes usually due to herpes type 2. So both of you may get infected with different types. However, sometimes same strain may cause both infection. So it is not wise to practice oral sex when you have active infection. ...Read more

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Hv had oral herpes since 12. Am now able to cntrol and avoid breakouts. Can I have oral sex with my partner?

Hv had oral herpes since 12. Am now able to cntrol and avoid breakouts. Can I have oral sex with my partner?

With protection: Even though you are not breaking out, you may be shedding virus from your mouth at any given time and be infective. Use of a dental dam or other such barrier may provide protection may protect women or a condom for men. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract oral herpes on the tongue the day after oral sex?

Maybe: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth. Com/oral_herpes/article_em. Htm 2) http://www.Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606. Htm. ...Read more

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Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores similar things?

Same causes: The herpes simplex virus is the primary cause of cold sores and genital herpes. The only difference is the type of virus. Hsv type 1 usually is associated with cold sores and hsv type 2 is associated with genital herpes. However, anyone can get cold sores if they come into contact with the genital area of a hsv type 2 infected person who is contagious at that time and vice versa. ...Read more

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Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores the same thing? I'm not sure if I have them, but some people are saying all cold sores/ulcers are the same thing?

Yes: Once an upon a time there was herpes simplex type one which was the cause of oral cold sores and herpes simplex two which was the cause of genital sores. Things have become more confused as both types of herpes can infect either tissues. Most use are exposed to herpes simplex one before age 5 and then are immune to herpes simplex one infecting our genital tissues. Ulcers are another story. ...Read more

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Can oral herpes become genital herpes when performing oral sex even when not having any breakouts?

Can oral herpes become genital herpes when performing oral sex even when not having any breakouts?

Yes: Genital herpes can cause oral infection and oral herpes can cause genital infections even when no eruptions are present although transmission of the virus is much more likely during breakouts. 20% of all adults are infected with genital herpes and up to 80% of adults are infected with oral herpes and the virus can be transmitted even when there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello, if someone has genital hypes type-1 and another person has oral herpes type-1, is it safe for the person with oral herpes to give oral sex to the person with genital herpes, if they're both type 1?

Hello, if someone has genital hypes type-1 and another person has oral herpes type-1, is it safe for the person with oral herpes to give oral sex to the person with genital herpes, if they're both type 1?

Here are some ...: Though a legitimate concern and question, I doubt if there has ever been a study specially designed to answer your question. After contacting and overcoming a viral infection, such persons may gain some acquired immunity but most of them — herpes included — will not last forever and flare up off and on whenever the overall defense ability falls below the threshold for self-defense. So, follow... ...Read more

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If I have oral herpes (hsv-1) and I received oral sex from my partner who kissed me, do I have genital herpes?

No: Hsv-1 is oral herpes and hsv-2 is genital herpes. It is possible to have hsv-1 in the genital area and vice versa. Hsv1 infections in the genital area are usually milder than hsv2 infections. Without viral culture, HSV 1 cannot be differentiated from HSV 2 based on exam alone. Therefore, if you are concerned about an outbreak, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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My boyfriend and I have oral herpes. I had a cold sore last night barely appearing, he kissed me then performed oral sex... am I in danger of genital?

My boyfriend and I have oral herpes. I had a cold sore last night barely appearing, he kissed me then performed oral sex... am I in danger of genital?

Yes: Herpes can be transmitted to the genial area by oral sex. Since this would not be a primary out break because you already have oral herpes, the symptoms would be less severe than described for primary herpes. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Can having hsv-1 giving oral sex causes the person receiving it have genital herpes of hsv-2? What is the chances of receiving hsv-2?

Can having hsv-1 giving oral sex causes the person receiving it have genital herpes of hsv-2? What is the chances of receiving hsv-2?

Apples and oranges: A person with apples can only give her friend apples. A person can receive oranges only from a friend who has oranges. Herpes 1 and 2 are like apples and oranges. They do not change into one another. However, herpes is called the "gift that keeps on giving" because once a person catches herpes 1 or 2, she can never get rid of it, yet she can give it to another person, and another, and another... ...Read more

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I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?

I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?

No: Hsv 1 is generally considered to be the oral herpes, but as you note it can be transmitted to the genitals of your partner via oral sex. You can not infect yourself with your own herpes virus — and it can not be transmitted back to you from your partner. While your immune system is not able to rid you of the herpes virus, it is quite competent to prevent spread of the virus with-in your body. ...Read more

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I am 100% sure she is a virgin so it cannot be from oral sex. Does this mean that she has herpes of either HSV that I might catch it?

Sex not required: Anyone can catch herpes without having sex. The hsv type 1 or oral herpes and the hsv type 2 or genital herpes are practically identical in their clinical manifestations. If someone caught hsv 2 from oral sex and then kissed a relative when contagious then that person can catch hsv 2 without having any sex. Many people are carriers of these viruses and don't even know it. ...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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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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have the oral herpes, had sex with someone I think I passed the virus to, a little of his saliva touched my genital area, can I get genital herpes?

No risk: People are resistant to new infections with the same HSV type they already have. You will not catch a new HSV1 infection anywhere on your body, especially with the same virus strain already infecting your mouth. Also, HSV is not transmitted by such brief contact with saliva; the virus must be massaged into tissues. So no worries! Of course, you could still catch HSV2 if sexually exposed to it. ...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.

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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