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Monday, December 17, 2012 Val, Community Member, asks

Q: Can women transmit Herpes to men through oral sex?

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

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Disclosing Herpes, Community Member
12/18/12 2:56am

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.

8/15/14 6:42pm

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!

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By Val, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 12/17/12