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What are the odds of me getting genital herpes when my boyfriend has cold sores?

My boyfriend performed oral sex on me last night, and today he found he has 2 cold sores. I want to know what the odds are of me getting genital herpes or if it’s even possible. He doesn’t have genital herpes by the way.

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  1. Alli says:

    There is no way to accurately give you the odds or chances of you contracting genital herpes from your boyfriend giving you oral sex. There are too many factors and variables. If your boyfriend did have cold sores when he gave you oral sex though, there is a chance you will contract genital herpes.

    Herpes can be spread from the mouth to the genital area and vice versa through oral sex.

    BOTH genital herpes and cold sores can be caused by either herpes simplex virus 1 or herpes simplex virus 2.

    Using condoms and dental dams when you are having oral sex can HELP prevent the spread of herpes, but condoms/dental dams are not 100% effective. Abstinence is the only thing that is truly 100% effective.

    If you are concerned you have contracted herpes you can always go to your doctor and get tested. Good luck to you!