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Can I get herpes from my girlfriend who has genital herpes when I give her oral?

By July 3, 2010 - 12:56am
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My girlfriend recently learned that her ex gave her genital herpes. Can I get herpes from her by giving her oral when she's not experiencing an outbreak? And can I get genital herpes from her by having unprotected sex during a time when she's not having an outbreak?
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Hi Cadycao,

Thank you for your question. The short of the answer to this question is yes. Even if your partner is not having an outbreak, it is possible to transmit herpes between the individuals during oral or intercourse.

For more information about genital herpes, please click here https://www.empowher.com/condition/genital-herpes. Our website provides a plethora of information about STDs and this may help educate you about herpes.

The Center of Disease Control also has more information about genital herpes that you can find here http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm.

I hope this helps provide you more information about herpes. Has this helped answer your question?

July 4, 2010 - 11:35am
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