[Question #4336] more information on Herpes 2

30 months ago

Can you get Herpes type 2 from giving oral sex to someone who has it?

Can you get Herpes 2 from someone if you use your fingers to masturbate them?

When you are viral shedding, does that only happen in the area where you had your first outbreak or can it be in other places that never had sores?

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
You can get HSV 2 orally by giving oral sex to someone who has HSV 2 genitally,  yes, but HSV 2 does not like the mouth so that happens rarely
Only if you have a significant break in the skin that would allow virus in - that is called herpes whitlow.
It can happen anywhere in the genital or anal area where there is very thin skin or mucous membrane.

Terri
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30 months ago

Ok, so how do I know if I have Herpes type 2 on my mouth if I don’t get any sores?  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
well, you cannot know for certain I guess. If you test negative by antibody test for HSV-2, then you know you don't have it anywhere with 92% certainty.

Terri
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