March 7, 2016 at 8:06 am #12330
hello, i posted questions a couple of weeks ago and i hope that what i’m about to ask doesn’t sound
i am starting a relationship with a man who has had genital hsv2 for many years.
i have given this quite a bit of thought and i am both curious but also struggling with the idea of a potential risk of 4% even if all precautions are taken.
i just can’t imagine getting hsv2 genitally at my age and the potential of dealing with 4+ outbreaks a year!
somehow, the only possibility that my mind can accept is that of not taking any risks until
i have a better feeling about our relationship lasting for life. (we are in our early fifties now).
and once i have a better feeling about our relationship, then looking into forcing “oral” hsv2 transmission on myself. I’m really just evaluating all potential avenues… and, as i said, my
curiosity is also driving many of these questions.
i’m interested in learning about the possibility of “forcing” “oral” hsv2 transmission.
do you know anyone that has done something like this purposefully and what the outcome has been?
is it really true that the outbreaks are less frequent if hsv2 is only transmitted orally?
is it really true that if someone has oral hsv2 that (s)he is immune to getting genital hsv2?
is there a more methodical way to force the transmission of hsv2 orally?
i have oral hsv1 and i wonder if oral hsv2 outbreaks would be different than the hsv1 oral outbreaks.
thank you in advance.
March 7, 2016 at 10:54 am #12340
I do know people who have attempted to contract HSV 2 orally, yes but I have not heard follow up from the to know how that turned out for them. HSV 2 orally recurs very infrequently and sheds on about 1% of days (3 days a year). Yes, once a person has HSV 2 in one location it is extremely unlikely for them to get it at a new location on their body. HSV 2 orally recurs far less often than HSV 1 orally, yes.
Have you actually been tested to know that you don’t have HSV 2 already?
I think it’s fine to take your time with this plan.
March 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm #12343
I am the person who has had 1.3-1.7 on HerpeSelect for the last 5 years (zero symptoms), and I just tested myself again last week and got 1.34 on HerpeSelect.
On Western Blot I got an indeterminate and six months later I took another one which came out exactly
the same as the first one but was considered positive. This was five years ago.
I’m trying to revisit that decision with a doctor at UW but it’s getting a while for me to get those
reports (which I didn’t keep back then).
I really think I don’t have hsv2.
Yes, I will definitely be taking my time on this plan…
It definitely changes the equation of getting to know each other, I’m just not able to handle the
risk genitally… so I’m not sure how we are going to move forward…
March 8, 2016 at 7:43 am #12350
We are looking at two indeterminate western blots at least 3 months apart as negative rather than positive. I have been in conversation with Anna Wald on this and that is her recommendation about how we should interpret this.
I think when you work with both your heart and your head you’ll come up with a solution. The question about transmission comes down to this, I think:
Would I rather be with this person and take the small risk of getting herpes or be without this person in my life.
The good news is a new study came out Feb. 15 in Clinical Infectious Disease showing a condom analysis study showing a 96% reduction in transmission of HSV 2 with consistent condom use – great news!
March 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm #12360
Interesting about the study saying 96% reduction in transmission of HSV2… but what about the viral shedding in areas outside of condom coverage (like in the scrotum?)…
March 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm #12369
Actually, research indicates that scrotum shedding is not very common – and that is supported by this study because these men assumedly all had scrotums, right? The study evaluates the entire picture of transmission, not just shedding from the penis.
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