Can One Get Herpes From Oral Sex?

Yes ! You can get herpes from oral sex.

What Is Herpes?

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes blisters and ulcers, and is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

Herpes can affect various areas of the body but is most commonly found on the genitals, anus or mouth. The blisters heal with time (usually within 2-3 weeks), but the virus that causes them cannot be cured, and herpes outbreaks will often reoccur. 

Herpes is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes viruses:HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Oral herpes (cold sores) is usually caused by HSV-1.You can spread genital herpes during oral sex even if you are not showing any of the symptoms at that point in time,but herpes is most contagious, when sores are open, moist, or leaking fluid.

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (also known as HSV-2 ) is one of the two viruses that can cause herpes. Genital herpes are mostly caused by the HSV-2, and Oral herpes is most often caused by the type 1 herpes virus (HSV-1). Both version of the virus can infect either area of the body.

Symptoms Of genital herpes.

The most frequent signs and symptoms of herpes are small blisters that pop and leave red, open sores. You can get herpes blisters on your penis, vagina, anus, throat, on the top of the buttocks and thighs or around your lips ( cold sores).

Other symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Tingling or burning around your genitals
  • The feeling of being unwell, aches, pain and flu-like symptoms
  • Women begin to have unusual vaginal discharge.

Sometimes people with genital herpes don’t have any symptoms, or only get symptoms for the first few months or even years after they have been infected.

For some people, the blisters go away within one or two weeks, even-though the outbreaks clear-up by themselves, the virus is still present in the body. Meaning these blisters may reoccur, this is known as (recurrent outbreak). These outbreaks usually become shorter and less severe over the course of time.

Make sure to consult an Infection specialist or your doctor together with your partner as soon as any of you notice any of these mentioned symptoms above.

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