What are the chances of catching herpes from your girlfriend is she has HSV-1 & HSV-2 and she gave you oral sex? Would I catch it if I used a condom?
Herpes. Protected oral sex.: What are the chances of... - BASHH
HSV 1 usually perioral. So a barrier method for oral sex would be indicated. Its unusual to have both hsv 1 and 2 how was this diagnosed. For vaginal sex, a condom only covers the penis - and HSV can affect any of the genital skin...so its not 100%. However you may already have either hsv 1 or 2 as most people with these problems are asymptomatic, and up to 50% of the population have already been exposed in their lifetimes.
Understood. However, if my girlfriend has cold sores on her lips / in her mouth and if I have a condom on, what are the chances of catching herpes if it was only oral sex which was involed with me being the recevier.
Ok remember most herpes simplex transmission occurs when the person with herpes has no symptoms. When there are active cold sores present, then the chance is increased as there are more viral particles around.
However even if transmission happens, you could be in the 90% of people who never get symptoms with HSV. You would only know either if you were in the 10% that gets symptoms - or if you did blood tests - and that's not usually performed on the NHS in the UK.
If you were wearing a condom for oral sex , it should be fully protective , if the condom was on for the full duration of sexual activity.
Thank you, Properdoc. I'll be sure to be extremely cautious. Herpes does pose a threat where to the areas the condom does not cover. This is what most people miss out. Thank you for shedding some light on this.