May 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm #6557
First of all I want to let you know I appreciate the information on this forum which has helped me deal with my genital HSV 1.
I was diagnosed by my doctor with a swab test about a month ago after receiving oral sex from a woman I was dating and we have not had any sexual contact since then due to my outbreak. I had tested negative for HSV 1&2 in ealry March and since she was my only partner since the test it led me to believe I had acquired it from her. She ended up testing positive for HSV 1 and negative for HSV 2 after I informed her about the outbreak. Everything appears to have healed up, but I do have some questions about having sex with her going forward.
1. Since my HSV 1 is newly acquired is there a chance I could give it to her genitally or does she have the necessary antibodies from already having HSV 1?
2. Could I still contract HSV 1 orally since I may have not built upon enough antibodies at this point?
I appreciate any feedback and understand there are not absolute answers to these questions.
May 7, 2015 at 12:52 am #6564
1. No, the chances that you would give it to her genitally after she already has it orally are extremely small. It is not something I would worry about if I were in your situation.
2. Most people have a substantial immune response by four months from infection. Until then it might be best to be a bit more cautious.
Do you have other questions for me?
May 7, 2015 at 2:40 am #6568
Thank you for the answers and I do have a few additional questions.
1. I have been constantly checking myself and have noticed a few small non blister red spots and was wondering if that is how mild breakouts present themselves? My first outbreak had the classic symptoms including the blisters that scabbed over.
2. Since I am newly diagnosed with HSV 1 and could possibly still be experiencing my first or second outbreak would that increase the chances of passing it to my partner even though she has it orally?
May 7, 2015 at 11:56 pm #6589
I would say that most people get a few red spots now and then in the genital and buttocks area. Without a swab test, you cannot know if these are caused by HSV or not, honestly, as herpes can be present with a wide range of symptoms and signs.
You could get another outbreak, but typically, HSV 1 recurs far less often than HSV 2. However, in the beginning of having either herpes, a person is more likely to get more outbreaks than in future years and months as the immune system gets better at handling the virus.
Since your partner already has it orally, it is extremely unlikely she would get it genitally at this point.
June 22, 2015 at 5:23 am #7555
I believe I got two follow up questions and this would be the second one. As I explained above I contracted HSV 1 in early April and had the normal symptoms starting 4 days after the exposure. Since then I had an IGG blood test at 8 weeks to confirm it was in fact HSV 1. The results came back positive for HSV 1 with an 15.70 index. My question is what does that number mean?
June 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm #7560
No, that number doesn’t have any meaning at all. It just means that you certainly have HSV 1, which you already know.
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