Originally Posted by ace_chick01
Is it possible for them to be transferred via saliva? It's strange because otherwise we always kiss...and I've been fine from that.
Well, being someone who contracted herpes around both nipples from my boyfriend's mouth, I will have to say that it is possible, but my doctor did tell me that it is not very common. I also contracted genital herpes, and herpetic whitlow (herpes of the fingertip) from my boyfriend's mouth at that same time. See, oral herpes (HSV1, commonly referred to as "coldsores") is not generally sexually transmitted. It is estimated that over 80% of the population is infected orally with herpes type 1 by the time they reach 14 years of age. Most people contract it while they are still children, or even babies, from relatives kissing them. So, relatively speaking, even if someone is a virgin, with absolutely no sexual contact, they probably still have herpes orally, and could pass it to a partner's genitals (or rarely other parts, like what happened to me) during oral sex. A coldsore does not neet to actually be present to spread herpes, as the virus sheds asymptomatically from time to time, and actually, only 20% of those infected actually ever get symptoms...the rest just carry it. Other than that, which of course is quite unlikely, maybe he was wearing a chapstick that you had a reaction to...or maybe (probably) it is just a coincidence.