Hi Terri, I was diagnosed with HSV1 genitally in Feb 2018. I had a very small sore below my vagina which the clinic swabbed. I did not have a regular partner at the time and I had not had sex for over 3 months when it appeared – the doctor was of the opinion that it was so mild, that I had probably had it for years and not known. I was given a course of Acyclovir and within 2 days it had gone. I stopped taking the tablets and it has never returned.
I have a new female partner who has no history of cold sores and I am trying to understand the risks around transmission from oral sex. I understand from your comments on this forum that HSV1 transmission from genitals to genitals is extremely unlikely however what about from my genitals to her orally? We live in the U.K. and the only herpes tests our health service offers is a swap when symptoms are present. I’ve looked into private testing and again it seems limited to blood tests which show whether HSV antibodies are present – no IG levels etc. Whilst I look for other testing options could you please let me know whether you have ever seen a case of someone transmitting HSV1 from their genitals to a partner orally and/or what you perceive the likelihood to be? Many thanks
In terms of testing: you don’t really need IgG levels, generally speaking with HSV 1, you really just need to know if your partner is infected or not.
Having said that, the likelihood of her getting HSV 1 from giving you orals sex is really low also because HSV 1 is rarely shed from the genitals. It’s not NEVER but it’s very low. this is also one of the reasons behind genital to genital transmission being rare indeed.
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