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I am a man. I just tested positive for HSV1. Several months

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I am a gay man. I just tested positive for HSV1. Several months ago I had a rash of small blisters on my thighs. I thought they were shingles, but I had no pain, fever, or illness. Now I think it was genital herpes. But I tested negative for HSV2.
Did I have / Do I have genital herpes, even though I tested negative for HSV2?
Will my boyfriend contract genital herpes from me -- or will it be HSV1 (oral herpes)?
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Almost every adult has been exposed to HSV1 by the time they are teenagers.

Since your lesions seem to be from HSV1, and you have no clinical or serological evidence of HSV2 I do not believe you need to worry that your boyfriend will catch it from you -- as you don't have HSV2 genital herpes. Although, remember, tests are not 110% accurate.....but, I'd not worry...

If he has not already been exposed to HSV1 he might catch that from you, but probably not

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