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About 6 months ago, I had unprotected with someone who

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About 6 months ago, I had unprotected sex with someone who was very promiscuous. I tested negative for all STDs except high-risk HPV and HSV-1. The person I had sex with had no noticeable genital sores. However, I have read that genital herpes can look like razor bumps or mild irritations. About 3 months after the encounter, I started getting cold sores. I haven't had any genital symptoms, though.

Also, my current boyfriend (whom I started dating shortly after the encounter, and who was a virgin before he started dating me) had a red bump on his pubic area for about 2-3 weeks. I think it might have hurt a little bit when touched, but I'm not sure. There was no fluid that came out. He has gotten cold sores for several years.

I have heard that having oral HSV-1 can reduce the risk of getting genital HSV-1, since there are already antibodies in your system. Is this true?

I am wondering what the probability is that I got genital HSV-1 from the unprotected sex incident, and that I gave it to my boyfriend.

Also, 3-4 weeks ago, I performed oral sex on my boyfriend when I had a very mild cold sore. What is the probability that I gave him genital HSV-1 through this (if he did not have it already)? He has not had any symptoms.

Thank you!
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 10 months ago.

Dr. Owen :

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Customer:

Hi :)

Dr. Owen :

Having HSV -1 already does not necessarily reduce the risk, but usually where you got the original infection, that is where usually the subsequent outbreaks will occur.

Dr. Owen :

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ANd, if he already has HSV - you are not going to give him a New infection - because he has already been exposed to HSV.

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I hope that makes sense.

Customer:

Okay, so if he already has genital HSV-1, I will not re-infect him.

Dr. Owen :

that is absolutely correct

Dr. Owen :

one you have either HSV-1 or HSV -2, you are not going to get reinfected because you already have the herpes IN your body - and that is the whole entire body.

Dr. Owen :

I hope that helps

Customer:

Okay, thank you :) Do you know how often genital HSV-1 has asymptomatic shedding?

Dr. Owen :

It only has shedding if you are feeling the pain, burning, or if you are having an outbreak, otherwise there is no symptomatic shedding

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Okay, thank you.

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Customer:

Sure! I have one more question...how often does genital HSV-1 have no symptoms? Should my boyfriend have seen symptoms by now if he had it?

Dr. Owen :

Well if you have no symptoms - then it essentially stays dormant and it does not shed nor cause any problems

Dr. Owen :

so, usually if you do give someone a herpes infection - usually by about 10 days they will feel something, and he is not.

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