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Is it easy to contract genital herpes from your partner by giving them oral? In the case that you are clean and have also never had a sold sore and they aren't having a breakout.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Depends on "easy"

Oral herpes, usually due to HSV1, certainly can be transmitted to the genitals by oral sex.
However, half of all adults have had prior HSV1 (even without symptoms); they are immune to new HSV1 anywhere on the body. Even if not immune, oral to genital herpes transmission isn't common, and is largely (but not completely) prevented by not performing oral sex (or kissing) during oral herpes outbreaks.

In brief: Depends on "easy"

Oral herpes, usually due to HSV1, certainly can be transmitted to the genitals by oral sex.
However, half of all adults have had prior HSV1 (even without symptoms); they are immune to new HSV1 anywhere on the body. Even if not immune, oral to genital herpes transmission isn't common, and is largely (but not completely) prevented by not performing oral sex (or kissing) during oral herpes outbreaks.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine

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The research shows that low levels of the herpes virus can be detected in the affected area at any given time (even when there is no outbreak present).
Therefore it is possible to contract the virus when no active lesion is present; however the odds of getting it are significantly lower than if a lesion was present. If your partner is on suppression therapy (once daily medication) then the odds of transmission are even lower. The best way to protect yourself is to use condoms or dental when performing oral sex on an infected partner.

In brief: The

The research shows that low levels of the herpes virus can be detected in the affected area at any given time (even when there is no outbreak present).
Therefore it is possible to contract the virus when no active lesion is present; however the odds of getting it are significantly lower than if a lesion was present. If your partner is on suppression therapy (once daily medication) then the odds of transmission are even lower. The best way to protect yourself is to use condoms or dental when performing oral sex on an infected partner.
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