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Posted by UnknowingAndUnexperienced (Member # 72045) on :
 
I was reading online about mono and I read somewhere that mono, like cold sores, is a type of herpes. So, I was wondering if it is possible for a guy who has mono to transfer that into genital herpes while he is performing oral sex on a girl. I know that mono can only be transferred through salvia, but since all of the girl's "stuff" is internal, doesn't it sound like it would happen since the guy's salvia would be inside the girl? And also, if the gender roles were switched, would it be possible for the girl to give it to the guy?
 
Posted by KatWA (Member # 42505) on :
 
Mono (mononucleosis) is usually caused by a virus called Epstein-Barr, although it can be caused by others. It is spread by saliva and close contact in general, so it is possible to transmit it through oral sex.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001617/

Sometimes cytomegalovirus (which is a member of the herpesvirus family) can cause CMV mononucleosis in individuals with lower immune systems. Most people are exposed to this virus early in life though, and don't know it because there are usually no symptoms.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001594/
 


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