I started a 10-day course of Valtrex on Sunday, 10/4. I am finally pain free. Now, two weeks after I first noticed the cluster of bumps, by all visible and physical accounts, it looks and feels like this outbreak has run its course.
Is there a way to know when it’s over (when I am not shedding the virus/contagious)?
As I work through my understanding of HSV 1, I still have ?s. Is it possible that I could have acquired HSV 1 before getting HSV 2? I think so, but want to be sure. What is the diff btw genital and oral HSV 1? I’ve never had a cold sore, but is it possible that I could now get them? Given what you know abt me so far, is it possible to know how likely it is that I could give someone HSV 1 by kissing or sharing a glass or utensil?
I’ve read that women have a greater risk of acquiring HSV 2 than do men – that the virus is transmitted more easily from men to women than it is from women to men and that about 1 in 4 women have HSV 2 compared to 1 in 8 men … but how is that disparity possible when HSV 2 is acquired through sexual contact (I’m considering heterosexual contact)? So, me, for example — I am and always have been heterosexual and have had no sexual contact with a woman; therefore, I acquired HSV 2 from a man. And he (assuming 100% heterosexual activity) would have gotten it from a woman. So how are women at greater risk than men? Maybe the logic I am applying is not correct?
My boyfriend has just returned from his deployment, and I will be able to talk to him about this tomorrow face to face. I’m nervous about kissing him if I could put him at risk since I tested positive for HSV 1. That’s partly why I asked about kissing. And I think these ?s make me realize that I am working under the assumption that I acquired HSV 1 and HSV 2 from someone other than my BF, which I realize may not be the case.
As always, thank you!
PS – I read the herpes handbook on this site ~2 weeks ago – time to revisit with a clearer head.