Originally posted by nette: |
I was diagnosed in October. I never hear anyone talk about oral sex..Is it still possible to do that when one has it?
Unfortunately oral sex can be tricky, as you have already suspected. The reason being that you can't always count on not shedding the virus from outbreak sites on your genitals, even if you aren't having an outbreak. And unfortunately your partner can catch your herpes when performing oral sex on you.
Having a barrier of some kind will prevent transmission during oral sex -- over a condom if you're a male, over a dental dam or plastic wrap if you're female. A dental dam is a piece of very thin plastic latex used by dentists. Using some lube helps increase sensitivity -- inside the condom or on the genital side of the dam/plastic.
All this applies if you have HSV-2 genitally and your partner doesn't have it (anywhere). OTOH, if you have type-1 genitally, ask your partner if they ever get cold sores (up to 80% of us do), in which case they already have what you could give them.
Hope that helps.