Medical Specialty >> Infections

Doctors Lounge - Infections Answers

Back to Infections Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/12/2017.

Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: Genital Herpes and Fingering

 pepperk - Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:01 pm

I recently was with a woman who afterwords told me she has genital herpes. NO oral, vaginal, or anal sex occured. However, we did kiss, I did finger her, and I did suck on her nipples. What is the risk I have contracted genital herpes from her via kissing, fingering her vagina, or sucking her nipples? What action would you suggest I take next? Am I at risk for any other STD's that she may have and not know about from the activities I have described? Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:01 pm

User avatar Hello,
The activities you describe carry an almost impossible risk of transmission of sexual diseases. Most diseases are transmitted through deep bodily fluids - semen, blood, vaginal secretions; not saliva. Skin is a good barrier as well so if no breaks in the skin, you will not get something from skin to skin contact. I would not be alarmed and there would be nothing you could do after the fact if you did have intercourse except wait for testing to confirm any disease. If you engage in more serious sexual relations I would recommend consistent latex condom use to decrease your risk. It is not worth the chance you might be taking in casual sex. Shortsightedness there can result in a lifetime of regret since some diseases are not curable.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us