I'm in a new relationship after 10 years celibate. We live 40 miles apart and had been seeing each other weekly. Then he said he had to go out of state because death in family. He stayed away from me for 20 days. We were intimate that day and 6 days later my symptoms appear. What are the odds he transmitted it to me and what are the odds I already had it, didn't know and had a horrible outbreak?
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replied September 11th, 2018
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If the outbreak was severe and still present, then do not ignore your symptoms. Herpes infection is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is contagious especially if there has been an outbreak in the infected person (with HSV-1 and/or HSV-2) and you come in intimate contact with the infected person or from the fluid from the sores or blisters or body fluid. The infection can also spread in between the outbreaks from an asymptomatic person. HSV-1 is acquired orally resulting in cold sores. HSV-2 is acquired during sexual contact and affects genital area. Visit your doctor/healthcare provider for further examination and evaluation. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/healthcare provider and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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