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flippo
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I'm a little confused about herpes. I got genital HSV-1 from a guy who had cold sores in his mouth who performed oral sex on me. Could I give someone genital HSV-1 if they already have oral HSV-1? I was under the impression that a person who is already infected with HSV-1 cannot be reinfected with HSV-1 in a new place, but I've been getting mixed information about this.
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Karybu
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To the best of my knowledge, it is possible for a person with oral HSV-1 to become infected genitally as well, but it would be unlikely. It's worth double-checking with a doctor though, just to make sure. (And obviously, safer sex is always a good idea, regardless of anyone's STI status.)

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