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Oral Sex and Herpes?

(4 posts) (4 posters)
  • Started 3 years ago by
  • Latest reply from daniel
  • Have him use a napking! : (1 vote)
    6 %
    Say 'hell no'! : (13 votes)
    72 %
    Go to town and swallow! : (1 vote)
    6 %
    Run away as fast as you can! : (3 votes)
    17 %
    Go to town, hold it in your mouth and spit! : (0 votes)
    Go to town, but spit immediately! : (0 votes)
    If adherent to herpes anti-virals, then go to town and swallow! : (0 votes)



    What do you do when your partner has herpes and wants you to swallow?


    You don't do it!


    Herpes is very a common STI; one in six (16%) sexually active individuals has been exposed to the genital herpes virus (HSV-2) at one point in their life and that percentage increases to almost one in two (50%) sexually active individuals when talking about the oral herpes virus (HSV-1). Oral Herpes (HSV-1) causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “cold sores” and Genital Herpes (HSV-2) causes genital sores.

    The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes, is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes.

    Usually there are no signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. However, when symptoms do occur, they typically appear as blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. Herpes outbreak will usually occur within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands.

    Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years. Also, there is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. Sex partners of infected persons should be advised that they may become infected and they should use condoms to reduce the risk. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.


    Other Important Facts:

    Herpes may play a role in the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many men, and herpes infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems (e.g. HIV+ ). Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious.

    Also, Oral Herpes (HSV-1) infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection.
    It is important to know that even if a person does not have any symptoms of herpes infection, he or she can still infect sex partners. Also, the risk for transmission is highest when lesions or other symptoms of herpes are present.

    Transmission from an infected male to his female partner is more likely than from an infected female to her male partner. Approximately, one in five women 14 to 49 years of age has HSV-2, as compared to one out of nine men 14 to 49 years of age.

    In addition, genital HSV can lead to potentially fatal infections in babies. It is important that women avoid contracting herpes during pregnancy because a newly acquired infection during late pregnancy poses a greater risk of transmission to the baby. If a woman has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually performed. Fortunately, infection of a baby from a woman with herpes infection is rare.


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