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If I give my boyfriend oral sex when I have cold sores, could he catch genital herpes?

I’ve always gotten cold sores on my lips and I have some now. When I give my boyfriend oral sex, can he get herpes from my cold sores? Is it bad to give him oral sex when I have cold sores, or are oral and genital herpes two different kinds of herpes?

Can I pass genital herpes to a partner when I don’t have an outbreak?

Once someone is diagnosed with genital herpes, does he always have to wear a condom during sex...even when there are no visible herpes signs?

I have HSV-1 and HSV-2...my partner has herpes, too. How can I safely give her oral sex?

I’m a man with HSV-1 and HSV-2, and I am beginning relationships with women who also have HSV. Are there any devices for giving oral sex to women? I know condoms protect in the reverse scenario.

I’m 36 weeks pregnant and just got a herpes outbreak! Will my baby be OK?

I’ve had genital herpes for three years with few outbreaks. Now I’m 36-weeks pregnant and have an outbreak for the first time in more than a year! Is it possible to have a safe pregnancy and delivery?

Could I pass genital warts or genital herpes on to a new partner if I don’t have any symptoms?

I was in a five-year relationship with a man who had been treated for genital warts before I met him. He also had a herpes outbreak that started on his back and later showed up on his genitals. I only used the pill for birth control while we were together. We never had sex when he had a herpes outbreak, and I don’t have any symptoms of herpes or warts, but I’m wondering if I could transmit either disease in new relationships.

Can I get herpes from giving my girlfriend oral sex?

After performing oral sex on my girlfriend, I break out with cold sores around my mouth. Am I at risk for herpes?

Am I at risk for herpes after visiting a massage parlor and having a “happy ending”?

About two weeks ago, I went to a massage parlor where I got a massage that finished with a “happy ending” (hand job). The outside of my anus was slightly massaged with a finger and my mouth was on her breast. I also caressed between her legs outside her pants. Now I’m worried about STDs because I noticed a round, scaly dry sore on the inside of my bicep and I’ve been experiencing flu-like symptoms. Also, the tip of my penis is slightly red and the top of my testicles has a red blotch. I’ve already been tested for herpes and am awaiting the results. How at risk am I for herpes? 

I’m a virgin...could I have herpes?

I think I have genital herpes...I have a rash on my legs, and sometimes on the head of my penis. I am not married yet and I never had any kind of intercourse, oral sex or genital rubbing...so I don’t know how I got these symptoms. I shower daily, and I’m neat and clean. But I live in a hot and sweaty climate, and my legs get really sweaty during the summer. Could that be the cause?

I shave my genitals...now I noticed some small red bumps. Is it herpes?

Today I noticed about three or four really small bumps in my shaved pubic area. They almost look like pimples. Could this be genital herpes, even though I haven’t had unprotected sex or received oral sex from someone with a cold sore?

Are these red dots on my penis genital herpes?

I’m in college and I just started having sex with my girlfriend. My girlfriend is clean (and my other partners were either virgins or had STD tests). But after we have sex, I get red dots around the base of my penis. The dots disappear after a few days as long as we don’t have sex. At first I thought they were the result of a tight condom (often after sex I have a red ring around the base of my penis), but then a sore opened up where the red dot was. Could this be a sign of herpes? Is it possible to get herpes without having intercourse?