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Will a small amount of oral sex before putting on a condom be able to spread herpes?

  • herpes
  • oral sex
  • hsv-1
  • hsv-2


"Can you get herpes if you give somebody oral sex for a small amount of time before putting on a latex condom?"

- Anonymous


Thank you for your question. Knowing the ins and outs of your sexual health is critical if you want to keep yourself disease-free.

Before we discuss the scenario that you described, let's talk a little bit about herpes spreads. First of all, herpes spreads the way that normal STDs typically spread. That is, through oral sex, anal sex and vaginal sex. Herpes can also spread in other ways. It can be transmitted mouth to mouth or from genitalia to the mouth.

Whether or not you would have contracted herpes under the scenario you described depends on a number of factors. If any open sores were present, then it is quite possible to contract herpes. If the person you gave oral sex to was on the verge of an outbreak, it is also possible to contract the disease.

The scary thing here is that there may not be any visual cues to let you know whether or not your partner was contagious. You can absolutely contract herpes after giving somebody oral sex for a small amount of time. 

The best thing you can do right now is get yourself tested for herpes. You should get tested for herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. If you receive a positive result, you can then discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.

Always practice safe sex in the future.

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