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I’ve recently gotten oral sex from a girl with a cold sore. Yes we used a condom but her mouth did touch skin. The encounter only lasted a short while. I took a shower aporx 15 min later. what is the likely hood i may have contracted herpes one or two?
Only time will tell. A cold sore on a person’s lips, tongue, or mouth is an outbreak of oral herpes. Oral herpes is most often caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus type 1. Up to 8 out of 10 American adults have oral herpes. Genital herpes is most often caused herpes simplex virus type 2. Both types, however, can cause oral or genital infections. Both are very contagious when sores are present, open, moist, or leaking fluid. Both are also contagious when there are no sores. And both can be spread by touching, kissing, or any other skin-to-skin contact, including sex. Even brief skin-to-skin contact is enough to spread either kind of herpes virus.
Waiting until sores completely heal after the scab falls off is a good way to avoid getting or spreading herpes. Using condoms is another way. So the fact that you used a condom during oral sex did help reduce your chance of getting infected. Learn more about herpes.