• Val Val
    December 17, 2012
    Can women transmit Herpes to men through oral sex?
    Val Val
    December 17, 2012

    Can I get herpes by giving oral sex to a female with herpes?



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  • Cindy Cunningham August 15, 2014
    Cindy Cunningham
    August 15, 2014

    Hi Val,


    I know you posted this a long time ago, and you received accurate information from another community member, but I was interested to know if you had any updates. 


    It is possible to get Herpes from oral sex.  If you ever have questions about whether or not you have contracted the virus, you can see your doctor and take a blood test to find out.


    Here are a few articles that might interest you:


    The Truth About HSV1, HSV2 and Oral Sex

    10 Myths About Genital Herpes

    Ways Not To Spread Herpes

    Safe Sex


    Hope all is well!

  • Disclosing Herpes December 18, 2012
    Disclosing Herpes
    December 18, 2012

    It depends on what type of herpes she has. HSV-1 (oral herpes) can reside in the upper spine (oral herpes) or lower spine (gential herpes). If she has HSV-1 genital herpes and she were shedding (with or without any visible signs) she could pass the virus to you and you would have oral herpes. However, if she has HSV-2 genital herpes, it almost always resides in the lower spine and cannot spread to oral herpes (although have been rare cases of this happening; usually with only one outbreak). 


    70% of all persons are infected by persons without any symptoms, i.e., outbreaks. A condom only provides 30% protection against herpes. Taking an antiviral drug such as Acyclovir only adds another 50% protection against getting herpes. It's very contagious.

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