Can You Get Herpes From Oral Sex?


HSV type 2 is rarely transmitted orally although it is not impossible. Particularly at risk of infection are people with compromised immune systems. In order for the HSV type 2 virus to be transmitted there has to be skin to skin contact between the contagious lesion of an infected person and an open wound or mucous membrane of their sexual partner. Because of this HSV 2 is generally the cause of vaginal or anal herpes. However, rarely, HSV type 2 caninfect the mucous membranes of the mouth and take residence in the nerve endings around your ears. These type of infections lead to Herpes Esophagitis; once infected, the person can now transmit the virus through oral sex causing genital herpes.

Note: This article is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific condition.