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Hi Terri, I have some follow up questions. It turns out what I thought was a recurrence two months ago was just a spot that has always been on my penis but I just noticed due to hyper-vigilance.
However, I am now certain that I’m having a recurrence of my GHSV-1 (confirmed by PCR swab) now some 3 months after my primary outbreak. I have unambiguous lesions in the exact same spot as the primary outbreak.
The outbreak occurred the day after I had protected sex. I have heard that the friction from sex can cause recurrences.
My questions are:
1. In addition to lubricant, what can be done to reduce outbreaks caused by friction during sex?
2. Can the type / brand of condom used trigger outbreaks? My lesions are at the base of the penis where the rubber base sits and rubs against – I’m wondering if this might be an issue.
3. Are there different ‘strains’ of HSV1 that could mean I am more prone to outbreaks than others? I’ve read it’s quite common that those with GHSV1 have an initial outbreak and then nothing. I’m wondering if I might have a more aggressive strain that causes more frequent outbreaks?