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Question here about type 1 vaginal herpes.

By Anonymous November 23, 2009 - 1:54am
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My girlfriend has type 1 herpes of the vagina. It makes perfect sense that it would not be a good idea to give her oral sex due to the high risk of catching the infection in my mouth. But I was wondering is contact with the anus orally could also transmit the virus if no contact with the vagina or vaginal juices occurred. Thanks for your help!

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Dear Anon

Even when there are no symptoms, it is still very possible for the virus to be passed along. Most people who get the virus do not see symptoms (like blisters) on the partner who gives it to them. Anytime a person has sexual relations with an infected partner, they run a risk of contracting the virus. Diane has given you some great links that can help with you out more.

We wish you the best!

November 23, 2009 - 12:14pm
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What if she has no blisters or any form of breakout at the time?

November 23, 2009 - 11:40am


The short answer to your question is yes, the herpes 1 virus can be transmitted by oral and anal sex. Basically, anytime that the fluid from the blisters can transfer from person to person, the virus can be transmitted. Here's our EmpowHer page on it, which is very detailed:


And here's what genitalherpes.com says about transmission:

"Transmission is caused by close oral, anal, or genital contact, including intercourse, masturbation, kissing, or any direct skin-to-skin contact which allows for the transfer of bodily fluids."

This will give you more information:


November 23, 2009 - 9:59am
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