Where Do Herpes Outbreaks Appear On the Body?

I don't have herpes. If I have sex with a woman who has genital herpes, just where on my body might I get herpes other than the genitals (obviously) and will it be genital herpes or oral herpes?

Thank you for submitting your question for our community. I'm positive (pun intended) that there are many other people in your situation that are having the same thoughts and concerns. Hopefully, your question and my answers will not only help you but help others too.

Just because you might have sex with someone who has HVS-2 doesn't mean that you will automatically catch the virus.

There are a number of factors that go into this that can be better explained by checking out the Transmission rates for genital herpes

Anyway to answer your questions, if you have sex with someone who has genital herpes (HSV-2) you could experience an outbreak on any part of the body from your waist to the top of your knees.

The area is commonly known as the "Boxer Short Region". In most cases the virus likes to appear in the area in which it entered the body. An example would be, if your partner had an active outbreak on her inner thighs (very common) and you came into contact with the blisters with your inner thigh then you too would likely experience outbreaks on your inner thigh.

But also keep in mind that this is only a general rule and not necessarily the case in all outbreaks. Mine are generally in 3 small areas without exception.

Don't freak out about this! The conditions have to be perfect before this would happen. Simply touching the blister will not guarantee that you will develop herpes.

The virus has to have a pathway to enter the body. Your skin is a barrier and its purpose is to protect you. However, if you have some sort of open would or sore on your skin at the time of exposure then this is the pathway needed by the virus to enter the body.

The hidden factor in this is that the pathway can also be microscopic. Meaning that the break in the skin might not be noticeable to the naked eye.

As far as your other question is concerned, you will contract the type of virus that you are exposed to. If your partner has HSV-2 (genital herpes) whether she has it on her mouth or genitals, you will contract HSV-2. If she has HSV-1 (oral herpes) whether she has it on her genitals or mouth, you will have HSV-1. The viruses do not change.

Thank You Again and May Peace Be With You!


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