[Question #3214] HSV-2

41 months ago
I have been in an exclusive relationship for 7 months and my boyfriend just told me that he has HSV-2. He had an outbreak in his groin area 10 years ago and he got his second outbreak 7 days ago. He has four red bumps in his groin area. If I kiss him on the lips or share food can I contract HSV-2 through saliva? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
41 months ago
No.  If his infected is only genital, then you don't need to worry about things concerning the mouth.
I would recommend that you get an IgG antibody test to see if you are infected as well.  Not having worrisome symptoms does not mean you are not infected.

Terri
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