[Question #7695] Follow up to Question #7692

2 months ago
I purchased a second question just to make sure that my original questions were answered. My last answer from HHH seemed like he didn't fully understand what I was trying to say which could be my fault for the way I asked the question. What I would like to know is how risky is  performing oral sex on a female (cunnilingus)?  Is there a high likelihood that I could get any kind of herpes infection in my mouth or on my tongue from this?  For her to transmit from her genitals to my mouth, would she need to be showing symptoms?  
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
2 months ago
You're right. I didn't finish my thoughts with a specific reply to that question. Sorry! The point of my first paragraph in my last answer is that if your partner has HSV2, your risk of oral infection is around one in a thousand -- and that's only if your partner has genital HSV2. If any particular partner has a 20% chance of having it, your risk for that exposure would be one chance in 5,000. And maybe even lower:  the 1/1000 estimate is for genital to genital transmission. The risk likely is lower for genital to oral. In other words, very low risk for any one exposure, but nobody can say it is zero.

This was my error -- apologies. I'll ask the web administrator to credit your card for this otherwise unnecessary question.

HHH, MD
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