Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Infectious Diseases

Oral sex

05/23/2006

Question:

I just found out that I have genital herpes. I have been having unpertected sex with my boyfreind for eight months, but he does not have it. He wants to perform oral sex on me but i wont let him for fear or spreading it to his mouth. Am I right to be so cautious?

Concered

Answer:

If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex. Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission. You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example. The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub. 

For more information:

Go to the Infectious Diseases health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati