Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Cory Stieg. Pesky little cold sores love to sprout up at the most inconvenient times, huh?
Sex with Herpes: Precautions and Data
Getting Genital Herpes from Oral Herpes & Vice Versa
Oral herpes is very common in the United States —roughly 80 percent of the population has the virus— but many people do not know that they can pass it on to their partners as genital herpes. They often lie dormant for varying periods of time. When an individual has a live infection, it is easier to transmit the virus to others, but herpes can still be transmitted whether or not symptoms are present. Oral herpes is an infection that typically affects the lips and mouth and causes cold sores or fever blisters. It is spread usually by kissing or activities like sharing drinks, but can also be spread by contact to an affected area via shedding. These affected cells can rub off on another person and transmit the virus. HSV-2 is usually the strain of herpes responsible for causing genital herpes, but genital cases caused by HSV-1 are becoming more common as oral sex is becoming less taboo.
Can HSV2 Be Transmitted Orally? What You Need to Know About Herpes Transmission
Skip to content. An incredible woman, who I've been seeing for a few weeks, has just informed me she has genital herpes. I really like her and am going to continue seeing her. Although it is not an issue right now, as we get closer and more intimate I am concerned about our sexual relations. I know that wearing a condom will prevent the transmission of herpes, but how can I prevent the transmission if I perform oral sex on her?