25 years old with hsv1

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    Hello everyone, I’m Soso. I recently been diagnosed with hsv1 and I’ve been very depressed. Although I caught chicken pox in childhood I never knew that it was hsv because no one told me about it. I had my first cold sore ever on Halloween of last year and haven’t had one since (thank god) I have so many questions and concerns that doctors that I’ve been going to have just shrugged off. It’s so depressing to not have anyone to talk to about it because nobody cares. I hope to make friends. I’ve been sitting here going crazy for about a month now and I just want to get to some type of peace.

    Questions I have about it is, am I still contagious without the cold sore? Like can I touch my lips. If I’m eating or drinking something and it spills on my body will it transfer that way? If I’m in the shower and the water runs from my lips down my body can it transfer that way as well? Even if I wash my face? If I drool in my sleep do I have to immediately get up to wash my face?

    Sorry if it’s alot but that’s literally what’s been running though my mind I’m sitting here washing my self with soap and water if I feel like I got my spit anywhere on my face or body. I’ve even started wearing face masks after reading that your saliva is infected. I’m just going crazy and extremely traumatized and don’t know what to do or what not to and some answers and advice would really help. Thanks❤️


    Hi Soso,

    I am so sorry you have been diagnosed with HSV-1. You seem to have a lot of worry and concern about the virus and spreaging it.

    I think the more you learn & read about it, the better you will feel! I take acyclovir daily to prevent outbreaks of my HSV(2) & that has definitely helped me a lot.

    You may want to talk to your doctor about a prescription for an anti-viral medecine to prevent outbreaks.

    HSV-1 is extremely common, I found this online:

    How common is herpes simplex?

    ‘Herpes simplex is widespread around the world. About 2 in 3 people worldwide (and up to 80% of Americans) contract HSV-1 by age 50. About 15% of 15- to 49-year-olds contract HSV-2.’

    Hoping those statistics make you feel less alone. You are not alone, it is a very common virus!


    Hey Phyllis, thank you for replying to me❤️

    Yeah, I’m overly worried about spreading it to not only other parts of my body but also to others. I’ve read a lot about it and told a recent doctor about what I’ve read and she told me to stay off google and that I’m fine (she also has hsv1 and just basically struggled it off as if I can’t spread it even without having an outbreak) I’m just very freaked out, emotional and depressed. It’s a lot to adjust to, accept, and take in.

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