Q. I had oral sex with a sex worker. Is there any chance for me to pass herpes to my wife?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 08, 2019

Hi doctor,

I was on a business trip and my friend and I went to a high-end brothel. My friend hired two girls and brought them back to the hotel. He had to take a phone call and while the girls were waiting for him they performed oral sex on me for a few minutes without a condom. They had no symptoms in their lips and facial region. I am worried, I contracted herpes. I got tested for chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and HIV and they came up negative.

It has been four weeks since the incindent and I have no herpes symtomps. What are my chances of having herpes? I know people might not show symptoms. I am married and I felt very guilty for what I had done and told my wife. We are planing to have kids. What are the chances of her getting herpes and passing on to our baby? I appreciate all your help with my concerns.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. There are very fewer chances of you having herpes since four weeks have passed and you have not developed any symptoms. But yes, herpes can even occur as sub clinical infection without presenting with any signs and symptoms.

I would recommend you go for an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test for herpesvirus that is HSV 1 IgG and HSV 2 IgG and HSV 1 IgM and HSV 2 IgM. These tests are confirmatory in herpesvirus infection. These will tell your herpes status. If positive there are chances of passing the infection to your wife but not very high since you are asymptomatic. I would recommend you to first get the tests done and find your status. Then we can discuss further possibilities.

I hope this helps.

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