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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: Herpes type 1 and type 2 transmisson


 Chrissy7373 - Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:47 pm

My gf and i have herpes type 2 , is it possible to contract oral herpes throught oral sex should the virus be present at the time if in fact both partners already have genital herpes? i have heard that once you have genital herpes you cannot have oral herpes as its the same virus.
Thank you Chris.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:14 pm

User avatar Hello,
It is possible (but not likely) to infect yourselves orally with HSV 2. While HSV 1 is the typical infective agent in oral infections, either type can infect either area of the body. HSV 2 prefers the genital mucosa and it is not likely to be spread to the mouth, especially if you also have HSV 1 (most adults do) which offers some immunity against HSV 2 in the oral mucosa.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes.

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