Someone with HSV-1 can spread the virus through oral sex, even if they dont have sores at the time. The only way to prevent genital herpes and other STDs is abstinence. This means not having sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). Using a condom during sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) can prevent most STDs.
Can herpes be passed on orally?
Is there a link between genital herpes and oral herpes? Oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can be spread from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex. This is why some cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-1.
How easily is herpes transmitted orally?
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) is one of two types of the herpes virus and is rarely transmitted orally. However, that doesnt mean its impossible. As is the case with other medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for acquiring HSV and developing more severe infections.
Can you pass oral herpes to your partner?
Yes, you can contract oral herpes, aka cold sores, from kissing, but developing genital herpes this way is less likely. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is usually transmitted by kissing, and genital herpes (HSV-2) is most often spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.