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Can I get genital herpes by going down on a girl?

By Anonymous October 27, 2014 - 12:03pm
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I am lesbian and recently had a one night stand. I now have a bump on my vagina. Can I get genital herpes by going down on a girl? She did not have any cold sores or noticeable signs. I did just get an std test, but it is going to take a couple days and want to start mentally preparing myself.

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Hi Anon,


Thank you for choosing the EmpowHER community and for sharing your question. The unfortunate thing about one night stands is that you don't really have the chance to ask a person about their sexual history, so it all remains a bit of a mystery.

Yes, you can get herpes or genital warts from performing oral sex on an infected individual. There are two different strands of herpes simplex virus (HSV) either HSV-1 (causes mouth sores) or HSV-2 (genital sores)..please be aware that both can be contracted via oral sex.

The sores in the mouth can also be contracted by kissing, sharing utensils, etc with an infected person. These usaully show up as cold sores on or around the lip area. The genital herpes can be found on or around the penis or vagina. For more information, check out our gential herpes site here https://www.empowher.com/condition/genital-herpes.

I am glad that you did go get an STD test so that you know for sure. It's important to know and that way if you did contract something, you can take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of it. Just know, that if you do get back the news, it's not the end of your life :-) You can still go on living a wonderful and sexually gratifying life!

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