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I started dating this guy who I started to kissing. I have been a good girl all of my life and dont want to get a disease. Please help me with this problem.
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From the Infection Section
Simplex I usually infects the mouth (cold sores are Herpes Simplex I), and Simplex II usually infects the genitals. However, both types can be transmitted sexually (through kissing and oral sex as well as through skin and genital contact), and HS I is not limited to the mouth area.

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Yes, you can get oral herpes from kissing. In fact, many people contract herpes from kisses from parents or other family members who might have oral herpes and then kiss them. Being a "good girl" doesn't necessarily protect one from picking up an STD since many of them can be transmitted without sexual contact.

To try to protect yourself from picking up herpes, you can:

How can we protect against it?

People with Herpes should NOT have physical sexual contact (vaginal or anal intercourse, oral intercourse, manual intercourse, kissing, etc.) with others when sores are present or when they can feel the sensations that signal an approaching outbreak. Because people can have herpes infections without having a visible rash or outbreak, and because condoms only offer limited protection from herpes (since herpes can infect areas of skin not covered by condoms), both sexual partners should be tested for Herpes BEFORE any sexual intimacy of any sort.

Be vigilant and get tested.

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