Thank you in advance for your help and for all you do for everyone-it’s really amazing! Apologies in advance if I’ve rambled, I like to try to give as much info as possible.
I found out I have HSV 1 via an antibody test and then subsequently, a Western Blot, just to be sure. I am asymptomatic and never recall having had any sort of outbreak anywhere. Based on what my doctor’s said and from what I’ve read, I’m given to believe that percentages are on the side of it being oral and not genital and I’d have no reason to believe otherwise based on sexual history. Is that accurate that it has a stronger likelihood of being oral rather than genital if I’m unsure based on a lack of outbreaks? I know there’s no way for you to definitively tell me this, I’m just curious about the odds.
Additionally, I’m a firm believer in full disclosure, so I notify all potential partners before intercourse, even though people have told me this isn’t necessary.
I’m a male and recently, I’ve started seeing a woman who has a latex allergy. She is aware I have HSV 1 and assumes it’s oral and is fine with that and has since asked that we not use condoms during sex because of her allergy. She feels comfortable with this, but I want to make sure I’m not putting her at added risk by having unprotected sex. Will unprotected vaginal intercourse put her at added risk of contracting HSV 1 from me?
I’m aware of the risks of transmission via oral sex from me to her, but I’m curious about the above. Thanks very much, I really appreciate any wisdom!
Well, we really don’t know now, do we? If your HSV 1 is genital, you shed virus on about 18 days out of the year. And orally, perhaps something like 45 days – if asymptomatic, maybe half of what a person with symptomatic recurrences sheds, if it is anything like HSV 2 shedding frequency, which is a wild guess.
Has she had a test to confirm that she is negative for HSV 1? Has she never had a cold sore?
If you want to be extra cautious, you could take daily antiviral medicine to reduce the risk of transmission considerably. And there are condoms made of polypropylene (sp) and animal skin.
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