[Question #2162] can hsv2 be transmitted just with kissing - i'm in a new relationship with hsv2

46 months ago
i haven't had any known symptoms for hsv2
in  over a decade.  i understand that there is still shedding . can i give a new partner hsv2 from kissing or some gum health issues that i am working on improving and two am i immune from new outbreaks due to some one else who might also have hsv2 genital type?
i feel like giving up dating until new vaccine is ready!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
46 months ago
If your infection is only genital, you will not shed virus from the oral area.  I think you are asking if you are OK to have sex with someone else who has HSV 2 genital infection already, the answer is yes.  It is very unlikely that your clinical picture would change - i,e, have more outbreaks due to contact with the other person with herpes.  Don't give up!  Many people will focus on you as a person, not just you as a person with herpes, and love you as you are.  We will have "stuff", right, that we bring to relationships, herpes is something you bring but others will bring other "stuff".  I would encourage you to reach out to others, regardless of their herpes status.  I know that's hard, and if you just can't, you can't.  But keep trying.

Terri
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46 months ago
this is 2nd ? on kissing and already have hsv2
genital herpes w/o known symptoms. again, w/o any known symptoms, if one person has genital hsv2, then, both parties perform oral sex, then kiss, can the genital hsv2 virus be
transmitted to mouth on either boy/girl  during same encounter and getting the  hsv2
virus to mouth/ lip area. would this make
future kissing with transfer of saliva or blood from infected party to other party?
can you have infected salvia or shedding of hsv2 virus  mouth lip area over time even though no outward mouth or lip sores?


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
46 months ago
The kind of transfer of virus in the situation you describe would be highly unusual but not impossible.  Let's say you have HSV 2 and someone gives you oral sex - are you asking if that person then could acquire HSV 2 orally and then be infectious to others by kissing others in the future who do not have HSV 2?  The answer is yes, this is possible, but not common because HSV 2 doesn't like the oral area and isn't often found there and when there, rarely is shed.  Am I understanding your question correctly?

Terri
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