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Spreading Genital HSV-1

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michi19

I was just diagnosed with genital HSV-1. Does anyone know if you can spread genital type 1 herpes via kissing since type 1 is primarily an oral herpes?

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catiesmom

If you dont have herpes orally, you can't spread it from kissing.

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michi19

How about oral sex? If I have genital type 1, but no open sores or symptoms, is it too risky for someone to perform oral sex on me? Is it just as risky for me to perform oral sex on someone else?

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catiesmom

The risk is real when someone performs oral sex on you, and it would be up to your partner to decide if that risk is worth it. If you're not experiencing symptoms and your immune system is up to par, the risk is about 4%. As for you performing oral sex on someone else, the only risk there is that you will catch oral herpes from your partner - there is no risk of your partner catching oral from you. However, keep in mind that there is SOME risk of having intercourse then performing oral sex, as it's possible the virus has transferred to their genitals and can then transfer back to your mouth. It doesn't happen often, but it CAN happen.

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