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    Hello Alex,

    I’d suggest getting tested again in 3 months after the last exposure (last time you had sex with him). Hsv-2 antibodies can take up to three months to be detectable in your blood. I would also suggest to get a swab test if you get symptoms again to make sure it is genital HSV-1.
    For the moment, having genital HSV-1 is different than having genital HSV-2.
    HSV-1 is, in the vast majority of cases, oral.
    Normally you get it during childhood, and 50-80% of Americans already have it.
    The transmission of HSV-1 genital to genital is rare, super super uncommon. Why? because viral shedding (when you shed the virus even without symptoms) of genital HSV-1 is 1-2%. What happened is that you didn’t get oral HSV-1 during your childhood and your first exposure to the virus was through oral sex.
    Once you get it orally, after 6-12 months you build immunity and you are not likely to get it in other parts of your body.

    Now. You need to know this (if you have genital HSV-1):
    1. Viral shedding of genital HSV-1 is 1-2%; compared to HSV-2 viral shedding, which is 15-30%. Just allow your body to build immunity and antibodies during the following months. So, don’t worry about transmission. Your next partner will probably have HSV-1 as the vast majority of mortals (Chances 1 in 2 at least). Just ask him to get tested. Viral shedding of oral HSV-1 is 20-30%. That’s why it is easy to transmit HSV-1 with oral sex, rather than with genital to genital contact.
    2. As long as you don’t get an outbreak, don’t be afraid about transmission in the absence of symptoms.
    3. The sacral ganglia (in your back), where genital HSV-1 lives are not its favorite place to live in. Its favorite place is the trigeminal ganglia (in your neck), causing cold sores. Since it is not its favorite place, the frequency of outbreaks is less common. The average is 1.2 outbreaks per year in symptomatic people in the worst-case scenarios. Normally people with genital HSV-1 get 2-3 outbreaks in 2-3 years, and that’s all. Let your body pass the one-year mark to know how your body will respond. The average of outbreaks with HSV-2 is 3-6 per year.

    Knowledge is power.
    Think like this:
    1. I got genital herpes, but I got the nicer one (HSV-1).
    2. %0-80% people have HSV-1. Imagine you are on a bus, or in a basketball match. At least, half of them have HSV-1.
    3. Damm it! Why didn’t I get HSV-1 during my childhood on my mouth? like the vast majority.
    4. It’s not the end of the world. I just have to ask my next partner to get tested. Chances he already has HSV-1 are high.


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    Hi everyone,
    So I am creating a bit of a ‘cheat-sheet’ for future partners about HSV-1. For some context, I was diagnosed two years ago, had mild symptoms, and never had an outbreak again. I’m pretty confident that the chances of transmission based on my profile are pretty low, but unfortunately most of the information available online is about HSV-2, which sadly has a higher transmission rate. Do any of you have resources about HSV-1 genital-to-genital transmission (which I remember reading here is quite rare) and asymptomatic shedding? Any scientific paper or source would be welcomed!! Thank you in advanced lovely people, sending you all love <3


    Hello Miranda, there is this doctor who is a specialist in herpes. He can help you with what will help in preventing transmission. I have been using his products. You can reach him through WhatsApp on +2348148717513


    I was so lost when the doctor broke the news to me and I still am lost. I’m not promiscuous how? My doctor said that it’s okay for me to live normally as always and said it’s okay to have sex. He told me as long as I don’t have any outbreaks, the rate of transmission I low. I have been trying to educate myself and I read that even if I’m not having an outbreak I still am able to infect another person. The parts I have sores on cannot be covered with a condom. I’m trying to keep myself calm but I don’t know anyone who is in the same situation as me and I really need someone to talk to. 🙁


    Hi, I’m new here. I was diagnosed 2 years ago.

    I got herpes from a guy who had hsv1 orally, and it was protected sex, but well…oral was involved.

    After that first outbreak I was expecting another after a few months. the waiting turned into 2 years which is where I am now.

    I had a long term partner who wanted to have unprotected sex even though he knew my status. Since then he’s not had any symptoms either but hasn’t been tested.

    I’m trying to understand if the risk of transmission decreases over time. And what is the risk of transmission for someone who’s been dormant 2 years since the first outbreak. I know the risk never goes away, but does the frequency of outbreaks affect transmissibility at all?


    Looking for some products that help with the transmission of HSV2. I am a female and I engage in both male and female intimate relationships. I know condoms and dental dams are recommended, but are there any products that help prevent transmission, such as lubes, PH balance, etc?

    I am also on a daily dose of valacyclovir.



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    Does anyone know the transmission rate of herpes if a woman is on suppressive therapy? Without condom use?


    In reply to: 19 with Herpes


    I would suggest you to get a blood test for herpes, looking for antibodies, just to be sure. Maybe you are an exception, but HSV-1 genital doesn’t cause recurring outbreaks like you. It is known to cause less than 1 per year. And even talking of transmission of HSV-1, you shouldn’t be worried. The viral shedding (When you shed the virus without symptoms) of HSV-1 is 1-3%, compared to 15-30% of HSV-2. Transmission of HSV-1 genital to genital is rare (extremely rare).

    And you can ask to your partner to get tested for antibodies. No need of symptoms. They take your blood and in 2-3 days you get the results.

    But the chances both guys have HSV-1 are high since 50-80% of Americans has HSV-1.


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    Knowing the type(1 or 2) of genital herpes you have is important. Disclosing genital HSV-1 genital is more trust than transmission dear. Keep with your life and try not to catch HSV-2. Keep your health, request a test to your partners.
    That’s all I can tell you. It was a huge message. I send you a hug!


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    Hi Jackie,

    Well. The first thing is to be informed. Having HSV-1 genital is different than HSV-2 genital. are the Here are facts you need to know:
    50% to 80% of the population already has HSV-1 orally.
    It is rare to pass the virus to your genitals once you have it orally.
    HSV-2 genital outbreaks go from 3 to 6 per year or more in symptomatic people.
    HSV-1 genital outbreaks are 1 or less per year in symptomatic people. Most often, they have 1-3 in three years and then nothing.
    Viral shedding (When you shed the virus without symptoms) of HSV-1 genital is like 1-3% depending on the study.
    Viral shedding of HSV-2 genital is 15-30% of the time.
    Without a condom and having sex while there are no symptoms in HSV-2 is 4% from women to man.
    Imagine with HSV-1. It’s almost nothing. The transmission of HSV-1 genital to genital is rare (really rare). You mostly get HSV-1 with oral sex. That’s what happened to you. You didn’t catch it as a kid with the kiss of your parents or a grandpa or grandma; and your first exposure to HSV-1 was oral sex.
    So, you got genital herpes, but you were lucky enough to get the nicer one: HSV-1.
    All you need to do is to request your partner to get tested, the chances he has HSV-1 and doesn’t even know are high. If he has it, no problem.
    If he doesn’t, still, the chances of getting it during sex are really really low.
    Watch a video in YouTube called “understanding herpes” from the American health association. And watch a podcast in YouTube. “The big herpes episode with Terri Warren”. She is one of the top recognized academics and researchers about herpes. All I said and more will be there. If you need a serious paper to understand it, I can’t send it as well.
    Most people say herpes is herpes, it doesn’t matter (even doctors). But, for me, it does matter. Having herpes is not a big deal, and having HSV-1 is even less than a deal.
    I hope this information helps you, and I encourage you to request your partner a test. Maybe he has HSV-2 and doesn’t even know. You should also take care of your health.


    Hello everyone,

    Recently started dating and just wondering how hsv will impact my sex life.

    I was diagnosed with hsv genitally a few years ago (they didn’t say which strain and since I don’t get frequent outbreaks it’s hard to know officially.. I did a blood test recently just to see, but it actually came up as negative which wasn’t particularly helpful) and have since only had maybe around 3 outbreaks (so I’m thinking it’s hsv 1 but genitally?).

    In terms of transmitting the virus I’m aware asymptomatic shedding is a thing but just wondered how other people are dealing with sex, foreplay and transmission? For example, as a woman who’s not showing symptoms (whilst having hsv 1 genitally) is receiving oral sex/using hands still an option?

    Online I see a lot about men and using condoms etc but not so much for women? especially in terms of casually dating.

    Feeling a little bewildered at the moment.. any advice?

    Much appreciated xx


    Hi 🙂
    I’m going to start by saying I hope you’re doing okay, I know it’s not any fun to experience this and can make you feel pretty low, and I definitely relate to your issue of not quite understanding how it happened.
    I am by no means a medical professional, but having read up on many people’s experiences, I think it’s possible for someone not to have had symptoms and given it to you, especially since I believe this is how I got it! There’s only one person I’ve been involved with who I didn’t ask if they’d ever had a cold sore etc. and I didn’t ask him because we’d been involved months earlier. so either he gave it to me and I reacted months later, or I had the same thing as you where the person who gave it to me through oral sex had never had symptoms or never noticed them since the others said they’d never had a cold sore! Seems to be a sneaky virus for sure leaving us all asking. I have also read that stress and inflammation after sex can trigger an outbreak, so that is also highly possible that it’s been dormant for some time.
    I know that’s not a definitive answer, but I can say you’re not alone in having these uncertainties and the same possible way of transmission seeming to not make sense – you’re not crazy for questioning it all, it’s very confusing!


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    The best way is honestly just to be open, honest and confident. I know it’s hard especially after our diagnosis but if they can’t accept it then you’re better off without them. Make sure it’s before you do anything sexual with them that could result in transmission. Try to stay calm and it’ll all be okay!! Explain the percussions you take. If they freak out try to keep your composure, you deserve better!

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