I am a 35yo Male who recently tested positive for HSV 1 on my genitals. My partner thinks she gave this to me, as we have been dating for over 3 months and symptoms started occurring two weeks ago after receiving oral sex, I don’t blame her, I do not think she knew she had it or possibly had it dormantly. She’s been e trembly understanding and supportive and is receiving a screening today, though she has not had any symptoms. I guess my questions is, what are the dos and don’t for us for the future, when are we allowed to have sex, if my outbreak was centralized to my genitals, can I still give her oral sex? I understand I can take suppressive therapy to reduce transmission rates in addition to using condoms, though my physician suggested suppressive therapy should only be administered if there is a reoccurrence, everything I’ve read somewhat disagrees with him, and my partners OB said I will need to be in suppressive therapy for the rest of my life.
Thank you for your time and help getting through this confusing time.
If you are indeed both infected with HSV 1, you can have sex as you wish once you have a well established infection (about 4 months from first infection) without worry of transferring the virus to a new location on either of your body’s. That would be EXTREMELY unusual. You can certainly give her oral sex. If she is truly infected (and remember that the IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 compared to the gold standard western blot), then I dont’ see a reason for suppression.
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