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Oral sex: Is the herpes virus in semen?


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My girlfriend wants to do oral on me and "swallow".  I know for vaginal sex definitely we'd have to use a condom, but not sure for oral. I know HSV2 prefers the genital area.  Would it be better for her to just use her hands to avoid the extended oral contact and then just make me "finish" in her mouth? The "swallowing" thing apparently is important to her because she's persistent with it. So is it in semen? Having the green light to just "do it" sounds too good to be true. So I'd like to know how to do this safely. Thank you. (I was diagnosed more than 10 years ago and I'm asymptomatic)

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The herpes virus isn't in semen unless the fluid from an active outbreak mixes with it. Herpes is passed from skin-to-skin contact/friction. Only 1-2% of all oral HSV-2 cases are oral, which means it is very rare to pass it in that way. (Of course avoid oral sex if you feel prodrome symptoms.) Here's an article that should give you all the data you'll need: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/spreading-genital-herpes-hsv-2-from-oral-sex ... especially this clip from my interview with Dr. Leone: 

 

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