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I have a question I’m hoping to get an answer to here. My husband (probably) infected me with HSV on my genitals. I’m not sure because he has no symptoms but I didn’t have it before we had sex. I don’t know if it’s HSV 1 or 2. Now I’m scared to give him oral sex because of fear of getting it on my mouth as well. It’s bad enough I have it on my genitals, I don’t want to have it on/around my mouth either. Can I get it on my mouth if I have it on my genitals already? Is it safe to give my husband oral sex?

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Hey @Veryscaredwife and welcome to the website. 
The short answer is that provided a genital infection is established. Say for 6 months plus, then the risk is extremely low of becoming infected orally with the same type.

However you probably do not know enough about the types, which your husband has (he may have both HSV-1 and HSV-2 for example).

What test have you had to confirm genital herpes?

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Thank you for answering! I really appreciate it.  

I was diagnosed by my GP when I had the first outbreak in July 2022. It was extremely painful and she didn’t take a swab to identify the type because I was in so much pain, she diagnosed me by just looking at it. That’s why I don’t know if it’s HSV 1 or 2. I’ve had many outbreaks since then, about once every 3 months. I got prescibed aciclovir and that helps get rid of the outbreaks. I’m extremely scared to get it orally, it’s bad enough I have it on my genitals. So I don’t want to give or receive oral sex. I’m really suffering after having the diagnosis because I feel dirty. 

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Hey @Veryscaredwife once you have an established infection, you have very good immunity in your body against further infection of that type.

What does your husband make if all this? Has he tested?

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So once someone has been diagnosed with HSV on their genitals, they cannot get the same type of HSV orally, am I correct? Sorry for asking again but I really need to be sure.

My husband is really supportive, he wants me to be comfortable so he doesn’t ever bring it up. I just feel torn because our sex life has changed since the diagnosis. He’s willing to get tested but he hasn’t yet. 

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