[Question #1679] Transmission from HSV-1 to genital area

65 months ago
I am a female who had receptive oral sex with a man who is HSV-1 positive.  Two weeks previously, he had cold sores, but the sores had healed and were gone during our encounter.  I know the virus is still contagious when there are no symptoms, but was curious how worried I should be.  I am HSV-1 negative.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
65 months ago
How long ago was the contact? Yes, people with oral HSV 1 shed on about 25% of days so there is some risk.  And the IgG test misses 30% of infections with HSV 1, compared to western blot, so you may actually be negative or the test missed your infection.

Terri
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65 months ago
Yesterday, so I'm not able to test yet.  But I'm freaking out now; I thought it was only contagious during an outbreak.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
65 months ago
You are able to test now if you want to get a baseline test - it will tell you if you might already be infected and didn't know it

Terri
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