November 2, 2021 at 8:24 pm #75384
So I had my first outbreak about 18 months ago. I had a swab done in my genital area and came back positive as ghsv1. When i had the outbreak, to go along with the sores in my genital area, i had fever, burning during urination, body aches and i had sores in the back of my throat that seemed similar to strep. In going down the rabbit hole, and figuring out how to manage this and prevent others from getting it, i saw it is possible to get hsv1 INSIDE the mouth too.
I do regularly get canker sores in my mouth that I attribute to regularly eating very acidic foods and a lot of hot sauce.
However, I am also starting to freak out that maybe i have had oral herpes and the sores in my mouth are a result of hsv!
I have never had any sores on or around my lips, So i never really thought oral herpes being a possibility, but if theres a chance i do have outbreaks of hsv1 happening inside my mouth, I certainly dont want to spread that to anyone.
Is it possible when i had my first outbreak, that i got both oral and genital at the same time, and how can i know for sure? I have not had any outbreaks that i know of since the first one. (Unless thebcanker sores are actually hsv1).
In reading in parts of your forum, it sounds like ghsv1 isnt much a worry to spread to other people, but oral hsv1 definitely is, so i guess i want some guidance to find out if you think i could also have oral hsv1 so i can take all the precautions necessary in getting back out into the dating world. My feeling is that if i do somehow have both, i should probably take a suppressive to reduce the risk of spread. I just dont want to have to take drugs unless totally necessary!
The first outbreak wasnt great, but the psychological effect has by far been the greatest burden for me. Not a day goes by that i dont think about it! Your input is appreciated. Thanks!
November 8, 2021 at 7:15 am #75413
The canker sores are very likely NOT herpes. Did you have them before you acquired HSV 1 genitally? I suspect that you did.
You ask a tough question – how do you know if you have only genital HSV 1 or oral AND genital HSV 1. Honestly, there is just no way to know FOR SURE that you are NOT Infected orally. However, I can tell you that in most cases of genital HSV 1, I have not seen people getting oral sores. However, I have seen lesions in both locations a few times.
Here is what I think: HSV 1 prefers the oral area. It recurs and sheds way more from there than from the genital site but it seems to me that if it was oral, you would see lesions there as well as the genital site.
The only thing here that concerns me is the sores in your throat that “looked like strep”. Was any testing done from your throat at the time you had these lesions?
November 9, 2021 at 4:58 pm #75474
Yes, i have always gotten canker sores.
And no, there was no swab of my throat.
I was thinking maybe whatever sickness i had at the time triggered the outbreak and perhaps that was the reason for my throat sores, but i have no idea how i would know now for sure. I am thinking since i havent had sores around my mouth, it would be a good sign that i dont have oral herpes…
As i said before, i just want to make sure i do my very best to have my facts straight when disclosing in a future relationship.
From what i understand, weakened immune systems can cause outbreaks more frequently. Would it be valuable to take lysine to prevent future outbreaks of ghsv1, or is that more for oral hsv1?
If you were me, What would you do to be safe as possible but still be able to have fun? Should i abstain from receiving oral? Get an rx?
If i dont actually have oral hsv1, am i still suseptable to get it from someone that does?
Since gsv1 sheds less, what is the likelihood i can pass it to someone else? And would it be more likely that it would pass to someone as oral hsv1 as opposed to ghsv1?
If i am not having reoccurring outbreaks, does that mean i am less likely to pass it to someone else?
Does the virus shed less as time goes on?
Am i thinking about this too hard? HA!
November 17, 2021 at 8:40 am #75531
Many people take Lysine for any type of herpes though the research doesn’t really support it’s benefit in general.
We don’t have any statistics on transmission of genital HSV 1, but we believe it is quite uncommon. People who have oral HSV 1 shed virus more frequently than those who have this genitally.
Viral shedding generally does decrease significantly over time, yes.
November 24, 2021 at 3:07 pm #75605
Is there anything you recommend i do to prevent transmission?
Am i more likely to transmit hsv1 to someone through getting oral sex than through regular sex?
November 29, 2021 at 11:33 am #75647
We don’t know which of those activities are higher risk but the risk of any transmission of HSV 1 genital infection is uncommon. If you take daily antiviral medication, it will reduce your risk of transmission as well as using condoms.
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