Can You Catch Genital Herpes If You Wear A Condom?

Question

Asked by Red eye!

Can You Catch Genital Herpes If You Wear A Condom?

Can you get genital herpes if you are wearing a condom? (from the saliva that got onto my genitals.)

Answer

Hi there, red eye -

I'm not a medical doctor, but evidence suggests that it's unlikely to catch Genital Herpes while wearing a condom. Of course, there is never a 100% guarantee. If you are concerned, you can have a test for the virus at your doctor's.

You mentioned "saliva" as a factor that worried you, and I was wondering if you were referring to oral sex. I have some links that might offer you some information:

The Truth About HSV1, HSV2 and Oral Sex

Herpes: Knowing the Risks

Genital Herpes: The Basics

Best of luck to you!