[Question #21] HSV-2 Transmission

41 months ago
My partner and I have both tested positive for HSV-2 via the anti-bodies test. We have both tested negative for HSV-1. We have both experienced symptoms on our genitals. Since we tested positive, we have avoided unprotected oral sex. My question is, if we both have HSV-2 on our genitals, should we be concerned with spreading the virus to our mouths during unprotected oral sex?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
41 months ago
Once you have herpes in one location on your body, it is extremely unlikely that you will acquire it in a new place on your body.  If you were my clinic patient, I would tell you not to worry about having oral sex at all.  Hope that is helpful.  If you have more questions, please ask.

Terri
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41 months ago
Yes, I do have another question. I realize that this site gives medical advice, but if one wished to ask questions in a clinical setting, what type of doctor should one look for? My GP answers the best he can, but doesn't seem like a specialist. Should I search for an infectious disease specialist? A dermatologist? 

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
41 months ago
That's a great question.  In my experience, there is honestly no specialty that handles herpes any better than any other.  Any kind of provider can take a special interest in herpes and learn all that they can.  It takes a special interest to get good at this.  In some ways, it might be best for you to develop a very thorough post for us here, with all the questions you two can think of, and we will answer them.  Herpes specialists are truly few and far between.  I wish I had a better answer for you but I've heard the most outrageous  mistakes about herpes come out of the mouths of ID docs so I'm not sure I would recommend that.  Same with derms and everybody!

Terri
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