February 28, 2019 at 8:06 pm #31265
The girl I’m dating has HSV-1 orally. I am HSV-1 and HSV-2 negative (bloodtest igg).
For me personally, getting HSV-1 orally would be the worst case scenario. Since it’s on your face where everybody can see, gets triggered by the sun on your face and has a lot of recurrences and asymptomatic shedding (only slightly less than HSV-2 genitally).
I’ve been reading quite a lot about the topic. And associated with the abscence of a vaccine, there has been a scenario in my mind to go around it, which I can’t let go of. So I wanted to ask a specialist.
Very simply put:
What if I would make a little cut in my calf (or some other place on my body where I wouldn’t mind having it), and I intentionally infected that little cut with HSV-1 virus (from someones coldsore) in order to create a herpetic whitlow in that place.
So I would have a HSV-1 herpetic withlow on my calf like some have on their fingernails.
After that, I’d wait six months until my body has made the antibodies. Since the risk of getting HSV-1 from that point on in another place (genitally or orally) is very low, it would work as a vaccine.
The benefits would be:
1) chance of recurrences are low
2) can’t get triggered by the sun since you can cover it with your pants
3) there’s no risk of spreading it to your future partners by kissing or sexual contact
March 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm #31301
I don’t think I would infect the calf – the innervation of the sacral ganglia goes down the leg and you could end up with genital HSV 1. So I would pick a different place like an arm. But all in all, I’m not clear that that is a great idea – I would worry about bacterial infection, etc.
BTW, the IgG test that you had done misses 30% of HSV 1 infection so you should get a more definitive test done, I would think, like the western blot before going to this extreme solution.
March 3, 2019 at 6:12 pm #31398
Kinda surprised my idea didn’t got dismissed right away, haha.
With all the studies on creating a vaccine, I can’t imagine I’m the first one to come up with this idea.
Is there any literature/contacts you could refer me to in that direction?
If it gets done in a clean, prepared and cautious way, bacterial infection should be able to prevent, right?
I definitely want to do the western blot.
Assuming it is still possible to send a blood sample from Europe (Belgium), the first problem I run into is that the Evisit app is not available in my country. Is there another way around?
March 5, 2019 at 10:10 am #31464
I have certainly done the blot with people who live in Europe, yes. But before we do that, you should identify someone who will draw and spin your blood – one serum separator tube. There is no point in spending the money to talk to me if you cannot find someone to do this.
You are not the first person to come up with this idea not, but others most often decide to acquire HSV 2 orally to vaccinate against genital infection as HSV 2 rarely recurs or sheds from the mouth.
I’m not sure how you would get HSV 1 into the calf, but it would likely involve someone with a cold sore having contact with the calf which would introduce oral bacteria into a place it never should be. I’m not really in favor of this idea at all though I do understand why you might think it is a good idea.
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