Do you think that this is a new infection? Have you recently had sexual contact where your mouth was on someone else’s genitals? If not, then this is likely reactivation from an old infection. About 15% of people who acquire new HSV 2 infection genitally also acquire it orally at the same time. Most often, they are the giver of oral sex to and had intercourse with the same person. So it isn’t that rare but which is uncommon is recurrences in the mouth. How does this description fit with your personal situation?
Oral HSV 2 recurs infrequently and sheds infrequently. And the vast majority of people who have HSV 2 orally also have it genitally. Now if you told me you have only been the giver of oral sex to people and have never had intercourse with anyone, I would revise how I view your situation. But my thought is, if you have had intercourse, you likely also have this genitally, statistically.
Kissing romantic people in the future presents a low risk (not zero) of transmission. Kissing children is completely different and with no sore present does not present a risk for kissing a child. The kinds of kisses we share with partners is normally quite different than the kind of kisses we give our children.
That is a whole book and you can read it here on the website for free, the Updated Herpes Handbook or for more detail and not free, the Good News about the Bad News. You ask for medically creditable information about HSV 2. I think that’s what I”m doing here and I believe that’s why you posted here. I’m not sure I get the inference but I kind of don’t like the tone of this interaction so far. The website ASHASTD.org is also an excellent site for good herpes information and I believe they also have a chat feature.
- This reply was modified 9 years ago by Terri Warren.