Last Updated: May 12, References. This article was medically reviewed by Lacy Windham, MD. There are 17 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. Herpes is an infection caused by two virus types, and it appears in two forms, as either oral or genital herpes.
The short answer is yes. Herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 can even be located both orally and genitally. You read the right. Either strain of the herpes simplex virus can live in your mouth or your privates. Herpes both types and locations is incurable and it is pretty contagious.
Many people question whether oral sex is really sex. That depends on how you define sex, but one thing is clear—oral sex isn't inherently safe sex. Sexually transmitted infections STIs are definitely a risk, at least if you don't take proper precautions. Oral sex is a relatively low-risk activity for HIV transmission, particularly when compared to vaginal or anal sex.
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