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dating a man who has oral herpes HSV1.

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I (girl) have begun dating a man who has oral herpes HSV1.

I have talked with two doctors about the situation, gotten wildly different takes, and have not found all the answers I want online.

- Is oral herpes a localized infection that only sheds from previously infected areas, or can it systemically shed from any skin?

- My partner has a history of oral outbreaks, but not genital outbreaks, but received oral sex from the person who gave him herpes, should we consider his genital area infected?

- If my partner kisses intact skin on my face / body that is not a mucus membrane nor genital area, is there a risk of infection? If I kiss my partners face (not around the mouth), what is the risk?

- If my partner has clean hands, is there a risk of transmission if he touches my genitals?

- Can HSV1 be transmitted in sweat, blood, or semen?

- Is there any test for degree of asymptomatic shedding?

- How contagious is HSV1? Am I statistically in for it if I continue?

Thank you!


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replied May 15th, 2011
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A22995
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
It is difficult to answer all your queries without examination and tests done on you. I will try and answer a few of them:
Is oral herpes a localized infection that only sheds from previously infected areas, or can it systemically shed from any skin? –---- HSV can affect the whole body and have localized outbreaks.
My partner has a history of oral outbreaks, but not genital outbreaks, but received oral sex from the person who gave him herpes, should we consider his genital area infected? –---- Yes, he can shed the virus through his body fluids.
If my partner kisses intact skin on my face / body that is not a mucus membrane nor genital area, is there a risk of infection? If I kiss my partners face (not around the mouth), what is the risk? –--- Risk of transmission is less with contact with intact areas and non mucous areas.
If my partner has clean hands, is there a risk of transmission if he touches my genitals? –----- Yes, it can be considered safe.
Can HSV1 be transmitted in sweat, blood, or semen? –---- Yes, it can be easily transmitted by blood and semen. Transmission through sweat is rare and not heard of.
Is there any test for degree of asymptomatic shedding? –----No, a person can remain asymptomatic and still be able to transmit the infection. If the person is on regular treatment, then the viral load gets reduced.
How contagious is HSV1? Am I statistically in for it if I continue?------The possibility that you have already contracted the infection cannot be ruled out. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for confirmation of the infection by tests. Get started on prophylactic treatment.
Take care.



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