Can I get herpes from sexual contact with a girl whose previous partner is HSV-2 positive?

Q. Can I get an HSV-2 infection if the condom breaks in the middle of the intercourse?

Answered by
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 15, 2021 and last reviewed on: Jun 26, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had protected sex with a girl whose medical status is unknown, but unfortunately, the condom broke. She then said her previous partner had an HSV-2 infection, and she has not to get tested ever since. What are the chances of acquiring herpes from her? I am really worried. Please help.



Welcome to Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Is there fluid contact? 2) Is there any lesion after exposure? 3) Do you have blisters, erosions, or inflammatory bumps on your genitals? 4) Do you have any burning or painful lesions? 5) Is there any tingling sensation? 6) Do you have any fever? I hope this was helpful. Kindly follow up with the answers.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the reply. Yes, there was fluid contact. I did not notice the condom breakage until I ejaculated. This occurred only three days ago. So it is hard to tell if any symptoms will occur. Please help.



Welcome back to There would be a 60 percent risk of infection if she had active lesions or disease at the time of intercourse. So, kindly get tested for HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type-2) IgM (immunoglobulin M) to rule out an infection. Also, do urine culture and urine routine tests to rule out other possible STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Kindly use barriers and practice safe sex. Maintain proper genital hygiene. I hope this has helped. Take care. Regards.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the reply. How early can I test for HSV-2? Please reply.



Welcome back to You can get tested from 28 days to three months after exposure. I hope this was helpful.

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