[Question #1265] Question?

48 months ago
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About a month ago, I gave protected (used condom) oral to a man I was seeing. We did not have sex or do anything else. I did however lick his balls without protection and the trump of his penis for a few seconds without protection. About two days later, I got two sores inside my mouth- they were both on the roof of my mouth. They felt exactly like the sores you get when you scratch the roof of your mouth with food and it feels tender. One of the sores was behind my front teeth on the roof of my mouth, and I have had similar sores before this incident from food scratching the roof of my mouth. 

Questions:
1. Should i be worried that i contracted hsv 2 orally?'
2. would you be concerned?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
48 months ago
Hi Danielle,
Hmmmm.  Given the penis was protected by a condom, I think HSV 2 is very unlikely in this situation.  The skin of the scrotum is quite thick and generally does not shed much.  The base of the penis could shed virus but a few seconds of contact is very unlikely to transmit virus.  However, if you are worried, you might want to have the sores swab tested, preferably using PCR vs. culture, if you do it.  I actually would say the odds that these are herpetic is under 5%.  If you start to get sores somewhere else, like around the lips or in your nose, then you would most certainly need to have them swab tested.  Have you, ever in your life had a cold sore on your lip or in your nose previously?

Terri
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48 months ago
Yes, I licked the base of his penis for at least under a minute. I do have hsv 1 orally and have had cold sores underneath my nose before, but my worry here is hsv 2. With hsv 1 i've never had sores on the inside of my mouth, only on the outside. 

Should i be worried i contracted hsv 2 orally? 
How likely is it that these sores inside my mouth were hsv 2?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
48 months ago
So I think that it is extremely unlikely that you have acquired HSV 2 orally from this contact.  Given your description of the encounter, it just sounds like the risk is incredibly tiny for HSV 2.  If I were you I would not spend time worrying about this.  And the only way to know with greater certainty is to swab a lesion OR do an HSV 2 antibody test, but if you did that now and you were positive, it might well have been a previous infection.  Have you ever done any antibody testing?

Terri
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