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So let me ask this question: was a separate swab done of the torso and the penis?
Let’s assume that you are infected in both locations
Since about half the population in the US has HSV 1, it is certainly possible that you would be with someone who already has HSV 1 infection.
There is no benefit for the future of you taking antiviral medication now. When you meet someone if they are negative for HSV 1 and you want to manage a pregnancy, you might want to start suppression then.
The odds of your HSV 1 infection causing intrauterine problems for a fetus are just incredibly low! They are already so very very low for those with HSV 2 infection. Of all the things for you to worry about, I think this should be very low on your list.