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H1 and oral

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Hello...my girl friend and I both have H1......2 days ago my herpes outbreak on my lip healed...I gave her oral today and now I am concerned that I did not wait long enough after my lip healed...does the fact that we both have H1 help prevent her from getting herpes on her genitals ?   How long of a wait until we know for sure?    TY, Tweetie

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Hey Tweetie,

Yes, the fact that both of you have HSV-1 does help protect the spread since antibodies are at the ready to put up a defense.

She’ll probably be fine, but you do still need to be careful, though, since it’s still possible to spread oral herpes to the genitals via oral sex, especially so close to recovering from an outbreak. You won’t know for sure unless she actually gets an outbreak on her genitals (since a blood test will still just say she has HSV-1; it won’t tell you where).

I usually wait about a week after the scab falls off and new skin is revealed before my wife and I make out or do any hanky panky.

Hope this helps! 

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