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Sorry if this is repetitive--I have read several threads first.

I have a girlfriend visiting me soon. She has genital HSV-2. If I perform cunnilingus or analingus I understand I am at somewhat of a risk for contracting it in my oral region. If I get the virus there and while asymptomatic then perform oral sex on a different woman then I could transmit HSV-2 to her, correct?

Other concerns I have for the visiting girlfriend: She may have an outbreak when she arrives. Is it safe to take a bath with her? Is it safe to grind with our underwear on?

I have had shingles due to a compromised immune system from chemotherapy. Does contracting HSV-2 pose a greater health risk for me? I'm currently healthy and disease free.


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Yes if you perform oral on someone who is hsv positive there will always be a chance you can get it oral. It is a very small chance, but still a chance. Does she know that if she takes suppressive meds she can reduce that risk by 50%?

It takes skin to skin contact to pass along, so you cannot get it by taking a bath with someone, and leaving your underwear on will also protect you.

Contracting hsv2 would force your immune system to fight it, possibly letting other virus' or bacteria to rise up.

I have had this many years and it means nothing to me. You can live a normal life with herpes, I know, I have.

Good luck!


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Hi JB, thanks for your reply. She says she has an outbreak right now, so the suppressive dosage wouldn't apply. I understand the risk, especially with an outbreak. I'm more concerned about passing it on to a different woman in the future.

Okay so if we both have underwear on and her wetness goes through to my underwear, I'm not at risk?

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