How do you get herpes?
October 4, 2010 1:45 PM Subscribe
I need to know the difference between HS-1 and HS-2 and if I am at risk for getting herpes on my mouth.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Posting anonymously because my recent ex frequents here and knows my handle, which could cause certain problems that I'm sure will reveal themselves shortly.
I went home with a girl last night -- it was the first time I'd done so in 3+ years, so the whole thing is a bit new for me -- and I find myself still utterly clueless about herpes (I'm 25, and healthy as far as I know). We used a condom when we had sex, but before we did, I went down on her for a few minutes. I'm worried about the possibility of getting "mouth herpes," which I know is HS-1, but don't know if she could've given it to me if she did have HS-2.
It was very dark and I was very drunk, but from what I could tell she had nothing resembling sores down there -- if anything it appeared a very well-maintained, herpes-free zone. But I'm still scared, simply because I don't know the mechanics of transmission.
Do I (does everybody) already have HS-1? (I've had cold sores before, but they're always on the corner of my mouth, and always very small; is that a herpe)?
If I don't have it, could I have gotten it from performing oral sex on her?
Hopefully the hive mind can clear this up. I feel woefully uneducated about this thing; it's a sad state of affairs. Thanks!