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HSV-2 and oral sex

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I know, I bet this question has been asked over 100 times (at least).   My partner (woman) has HSV-2. She has had it for over 10 years now. She is asymptomatic, takes anti-viral meds daily, and hasn't had an outbreak in a long time.  I performed oral sex on her (without a barrier). Just wondering the chance that I would contract the virus. I guess I'm asking for peace of mind - I've seen a few of the statistics but haven't done a ton of research.

What I have read sounds a little vague.  One medical site says one thing, while another gives a different answer to the question. Thanks!

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  • mr_hopp changed the title to HSV-2 and oral sex

Hey there @JustChecking,

Happy New Year! You're right; this is a super common question, and it's totally okay to ask for clarity. It's great you're looking for info to put your mind at ease.

So, here's the deal: HSV-2 is typically genital, and while it can be transmitted to the mouth, it's much, much less common than HSV-1 (the usual cause of cold sores). 98% of oral herpes cases are HSV-1, and 1-2% of all oral herpes cases are HSV-2, so that gives you a sense of how rare it is. Your partner being asymptomatic and on daily antiviral meds significantly reduces the chances of transmission. These meds cut down the virus's ability to shed and make a break for it, even when there are no symptoms.

That said, there's always a small risk, especially with direct contact like oral sex. But remember, lots of couples navigate this situation successfully by staying informed and communicating openly. The stats can be vague and vary from one source to another. But the main takeaway is that while the risk isn't zero, it's lower than you might think, especially with your partner's proactive management of the virus. 

Feel free to download the free handouts here where all this data and facts are broken down in an easy-to-understand way:

In short, enjoy pleasing your partner! The stats are on your side. 😉

This content is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis. I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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