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Are genital herpes caused by oral sex with someone with herpes permanently?

Are genital herpes caused by oral sex with someone with herpes permanently?

Yes!: This is a permanent disease. Whoever gave you this should have been on remitive therapy. That said, you may have more inherent immunity and outbreaks can be few and far between. If you get into a new relationship, should should be on remitive therapy yourself and advise your partner of your condition! ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Is genital herpes caused by oral sex with someone with herpes a permanent condition?

Is genital herpes caused by oral sex with someone with herpes a permanent condition?

See below: Herpes once present never goes away fortuantely the symptosms tend to lessen with time and also there are treatments that lessen the disease. ...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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How can genital herpes 1 be spread?(mouth herpes on genitals) through oral?sex? And does it cause pain in thighs at all? Or give prickly sensations?

How can genital herpes 1 be spread?(mouth herpes on genitals) through oral?sex? And does it cause pain in thighs at all? Or give prickly sensations?

Genital or oral sex: Genital herpes due to HSV1 is not commonly spread at all, a lot less than HSV2. Outbreaks and asymptomatic viral shedding are infrequent. But transmission is possible by intercourse (genital to genital) or oral sex (genital to mouth). GH doesn't cause leg pain or give "prickly sensations" -- maybe rarely just before an outbreak, but never the only symptom and never lasting more than 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Can you have oral sex with genital herpes?

Can you have oral sex with genital herpes?

See below: You can, but you shouldn't if there is an active outbreak. Herpes can be transmitted via genital-genital, oral-genital, and oral-oral contact. ...Read more

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If i recieve oral sex, can I get genital herpes?

Yes: Herpes virus has two types. Type i is usually associated with fever blisters & type ii is usually associated with genital lesions. However, either virus may be transmitted by oral sex in either direction. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from oral sex?

Is it possible to get genital herpes from oral sex?

Yes: Herpes viruses are associated with mucous membranes. Usually hsv-1 is found in the oral cavity and hsv-2 is found in the genital area. But, crossover infection is becoming more common. ...Read more

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Can you pass along genital herpes through oral sex?

Can you pass along genital herpes through oral sex?

Yes: Lesions on the vagina or penis can be transmitted. From vaginal to oral and from oral to vagina or penis. ...Read more

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Can you only get genital herpes from sex and oral sex?

Can you only get genital herpes from sex and oral sex?

Pretty much: Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease-so something sexual must be going on. These days, it's not like the 1950s, so sometimes HSV1 and HSV2 can get a little mixed up. (The first virus is the cold sore virus, and the second one is classically associated with genital herpes, but now the 2 can interchange a bit depending on the activity). Herpes is very infectious BTW-talk/take precautions ...Read more

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Can virgins who have not even had oral sex get genital herpes?

Unlikely: Genital herpes is predominantly spread by contact with parts that carry the virus (oral secretions, lips, penis etc). Without sexual foreplay and contact, you wont get genital herpes. Oral herpes can be acquired if you share drinks or liquids with someone who may have an infection and is shedding the virus Best wishes Dr M ...Read more

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How can a man have oral sex with a woman who has genital herpes?

Avoid if active: If there is an active outbreak you should avoid activity. As far as choices the man makes is up to that individual but avoiding while active outbreaks will help prevent further outbreak and exposure and transmission of the virus. ...Read more

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Can any one of the partners contract genital herpes by having oral sex?

Can any one of the partners contract genital herpes by having oral sex?

Herpes transmission: If one of you already has genital herpes and is shedding virus at the time of oral sex then it can be passed to the other person. ...Read more

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If i give oral sex to someone who may have genital herpes, what does that mean for me?

Oral Sex ; Herpes: Herpes is transmitted from skin to skin. If you do not have herpes type two (genital herpes) and you put your mouth on infected skin then you can get herpes. A person with herpes does not have to be having an outbreak to be contagious. If there are no history of outbreaks and the infected skin is unknown (which is very common) then there is no way to tell you more about your risk. ...Read more

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How quickly after having oral sex with someone who has genital herpes would symptoms start?

How quickly after having oral sex with someone who has genital herpes would symptoms start?

Low risk; a few days: It is possible to catch oral herpes by performing oral sex on someone with genital herpes, but quite rare. The risk was higher if your partner had an actual outbreaks (genital sores etc) but extremely low if he or she didn't have symptoms at the time. If you were infected, you will probably have symptoms (oral sores, maybe severe sore throat) within 3-5 days, rarely up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How long can it be until a person can get genital herpes from oral sex? I've been with my partner for 5 years and just recently i was diagnosed

How long can it be until a person can get genital herpes from oral sex? I've been with my partner for 5 years and just recently i was diagnosed

Can be first time: A person with herpes can shed the virus (=be infectious) without open sores. Just need a receptive host with adequate break in immune defenses. ...Read more

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How can herpes be passed on from a woman to another woman? Is there a way to get genital herpes through oral sex if I have it and she does not?

How can herpes be passed on from a woman to another woman? Is there a way to get genital herpes through oral sex if I have it and she does not?

Depends on immunity: If immune to Herpes type 1 she should not be able to catch type 1 again, but may have outbreaks at locations where she had it originally. If immune to type 2 she should not be able to catch type 2 again, but may have outbreaks at locations where she had it originally. If NOT immune to type 1, she can catch type 1; if NOT immune to type 2, she can catch type 2; at locations where she is exposed. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more