Thank you for your responses!
I just have one final set of follow up questions:
1) You said it is possible to get symptoms for the first time 5 years or 30 years later, but is that common?
2) I have heard that most people have HSV 1 orally. If you have it orally, are you protected from getting it genitally through oral sex? (Or if you contract it genitally this was, will you be protected from outbreaks at least?)
3) With regards to HSV 2 transmission:
I have heard that HSV -1 can spread from mouth to genitals, but does HSV 2 spread easily from genitals to mouth? I have heard that HSV 1 shows up in both sites, but HSV 2 doesn’t favor the mouth as much, is that true? Take the following scenario:
A) Is it easily spread from the genitals of an HSV 2 positive (but asympotatic) female to the mouth of a non HSV 2 positive man, with just one exposure, causing him to then become HSV 2 positive in the mouth?
B) If a man did contract HSV 2 in the mouth in the above manner, but he remains asymptomatic, could he then spread oral HSV 2 to a woman through kissing? Could this woman then spread HSV 2 to the genitals of an non-positive male through oral sex, and then could he spread it to her genitally after that? (Or alternatively, she spreads it to another man’s mouth through kissing, and then he spreads it genitally to her through oral sex.)
C)If someone does have HSV 2 orally, are they protected from contracting it genitally, or getting outbreaks there if it does spread in the above manner?
4) Finally, is HSV 1 and HSV 2 spread easily to the mouth through sharing of drinks and eating utensils?
Thank you so much for your time!