Can herpes oral, or labial, be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals?
This virus, HSV1, is the most common of all, affecting more than 80% of people over 50 and when introduced into the body it remains forever. It is a virus that can remain dormant, lodged in the nervous system, for long periods, and that suddenly it appears in the form of bubbles and eruptions of various types. These sores are very contagious and can spread to various parts of the body and infect other people.
Labial Herpes When the virus is active, in the form of sores or bubbles, it is very contagious to other people, which can be infected by the simple touch. So even if oral sex is performed when the virus is active, the virus can easily pass to the area it has been in contact with.
This applies to all types of herpes, however the transmission of the oral herpes virus is much easier to pass from the mouth to the genitals than the genital herpes virus is to pass into the mouth.
In short, if a person infected with the HSV1 virus, the person responsible for the genital herpes, has oral sex with an uninfected person when the virus is active, it can easily be passed on to the other person (mainly from man to woman), just as those infected with the HSV2 virus, the person responsible for genital herpes, can be passed on to the mouth, although the likelihood here is lower because the mouth has fewer places (mucous membranes) where the virus ‘clings’.
The average time for a herpes outbreak is about two weeks, starting with an itchy or burning sensation, moving to a redness in the infected area caused by antibodies in our immune system attacking the virus and eventually resulting in very uncomfortable pimples. These bubbles cause very ugly and painful wounds when they burst.
In all these phases, especially in the phase of bubbles, even when they are still closed, the virus is always contagious.
Even after the first phase is over, when the bubbles have already dried and only one vermilion remains, resulting from our antibodies still fighting the virus, it is still contagious. Only when all the symptoms have disappeared does the virus become less contagious to other people. Herpes eruption
Since most people end up having contact with this virus in their life and most are infected, many even before they are adults, it is very difficult to control this virus.
Usually after contagion and an incubation period that varies greatly from person to person, the first symptoms of herpes appear in the form of pimples, irritation and itching, which come and go throughout life.
Herpes contagion However, as time goes by rashes tend to decrease in time and severity, and some people have no more than two or three rashes a year unless their immune system is weakened by another disease, antibiotics or other treatments.
For the rest of the time the virus remains dormant in the body, usually without any external symptom of infection. Just waiting for another opportunity to attack.
The good news is that when the virus is in its dormant state the probability of infecting another person, by oral sex or any other kind of contact, is very low!