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Hi, I posted here over a year ago and had managed to very much get my OCD over this issue under control until recently! I was diagnosed with genital HSV 15 years ago after a classic first outbreak (only diagnosed visually, not tested) but as far as I was concerned had no further outbreaks and didn’t think about it again until 2 years ago when I was pregnant with my son and read about the possible complications in pregnancy. Everything was fine on that front but after 15 years of no outbreaks, over the last 12 months I have had a few symptoms which may or may not be herpes (recurrent sore spot on clitoris and seperate episode of persistent itching without sores). My husband said he wasn’t bothered about catching it as we have been having unprotected sex for 10 years without him showing any signs so we continued to do so. Out of the blue this morning he has noticed some small red bumps along the shaft of his penis which he says aren’t painful and don’t itch at the moment. I am currently experiencing a persistent itch and a small amount of white discharge which could either be a yeast infection or herpes. My main concern is that just before he noticed these spots he was sitting in just his dressing gown after having a shower. Our son was also in just his dressing gown without a nappy on as he has had nappy rash recently and we were letting some air get to his bits. My son had been sitting on my husbands lap for 10 minutes or so watching tv. My husband is adamant that there was no direct contact but I can’t help but worry that my sons genitals may have inadvertently come into contact with these spots if their dressing gowns had slipped a bit while he was sitting there or while he was getting down from his lap, do you think this is a transmission risk?AnonukSpectator
Thank you so much for your kind words and reassurance.
So from what you say and other things I have read, there really is no risk of transmission to my son if there was ever any virus on either my hand or, say, a towel as either:
1. It would be too small an amount to infect him
2. The virus dies very quickly (few seconds?) after leaving the genital area
3. It would likely have rubbed off on something else anyway before touching his genitals
4. It would need to be rubbed in quite vigourously to infect someone else and we obviously only touch him quite lightly
5. Up to this point he should have been protected from catching it by my antibodies anyway.
So if this is all correct, I really only need to worry about transmission to my husband through direct genital – genital contact (and luckily he is not bothered anyway) and I can let go of this crazy notion that the virus is somehow going to leap from me and infect all those around me through casual contact if I am ever not covered up?!!