Thank you very much Terri! I really appreciate your response and it has given me a great sense of relief and a lot of peace of mind.
This is good to know going forward. Like many, we were not properly taught about most STIs so I am glad I’m learning. And absolutely! I had no overtly negative reaction at all in the moment. I am still in touch with this individual, and being HSV-2 is by no means a deal breaker whatsoever. I just wanted to be more educated and informed so I could make good decisions, so your input is very helpful.
If I may one follow up. I am positive for HSV-1 orally (so I would never blame anyone for being any type of HSV positive!). I’ve read that, generally, when infected with one strain of HSV in one location, it’s very unlikely to be infected with that same strain in another location (i.e., it is highly unlikely for me to contract genital HSV-1 if I’ve been positive for Oral HSV-1 for well over a decade). Is this correct? And if so, contracting genital HSV of any sort in my case is only really likely to occur with direct genital-to-genital/penetrative vaginal-anal sex with someone who is HSV-*2* positive?
I sincerely thank you again for taking the time to help me, Terri!