If you have only type 2 genital herpes, and a partner has both type one oral and 2 genital. How can you catch type one? Can it be caught by kissing? Oral sex?

Q:

If you have only type 2 genital herpes, and a partner has both type one oral and 2 genital. How can you catch type one? Can it be caught by kissing? Oral sex?

A:

A person with only genital HSV-2 can’t catch genital HSV-2 from a partner. It is not possible to pass genital HSV-2 to a partner genitally who already has genital HSV-2.

HSV-1 is usually spread by kissing. There is no protective barrier from kissing. Most people who carry the HSV-1 antibodies don't have a visual herpes outbreak. The human body helps fight herpes off. Herpes outbreaks happen by chance and could happen to anyone.

If a partner with oral HSV-1 performs oral sex on a partner with gential HSV-2 both strains of herpes could spread. The partner with oral HSV-1 could catch oral HSV-2 in that situation. The partner with only genital HSV-2 could catch genital HSV-1 if a partner with oral HSV-1 performs oral sex. Both partners have a chance of coming in contact with a strain of herpes he/she doesn't have genitally or orally.

The chance of HSV-1 spreading genitally isn't higher than 5-10% in most cases. HSV-2 is oral herpes about 5-10% of the time. Those numbers could vary depending on the situation. Having safe oral, anal and vaginal sex greatly reduces the chance of passing or catching herpes.

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