[Question #2738] Herpes tested IgG for 1&2

42 months ago
How come my current question does not show up here?
42 months ago
 I am resubmitting my question because I have not noticed it show up on this forum. Basically I have been tested for HSV-1 and HSV-2 using a IgG test. According to the test I am HSV one positive but HSV-2 negative .  The concern I had was I had no idea that I was HSV one positive for at least 14 years of my sexual life I do not recall having any outbreaks during that time period.  Will I still be able to kiss or perform oral sex with ,knowing that I am HSV -1 positive ?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
42 months ago
More than 1/2 the population has HSV 1 infection and most of those don't have symptoms they recognize, either orally or genitally.  Until you know where you are infected (oral or genital), I can't help you understand transmission risks.

Terri
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42 months ago
Okay I would have to say orally.  I have not shown symptoms on my genitals.  I can recall as a young child having chapped and tingling burning sensation on my lips.  And have to apply chopstick  to help with the feeling of burning or soreness....but do not recall blistering.

I would always get tested for STIs. Have not had signs of infection on my private parts.  When my doctor told me I was HSV-1 positive I assumed it was orally.  

My concern is that I may have infected someone by performing oral to them and they had told me they did not have HSV -1 or 2.   If there is no sure way of knowing for sure if it is orally? Does that mean I can't kiss anybody? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
42 months ago
of course you can kiss people and especially people who are HSV 1 positive -which is more than half the population.  Once a person has HSV 1 in one location of their body they are highly unlikely to get infected at a new location.  So for example if someone has a history of cold sores, they are very unlikely to acquire HSV 1 genitally if you were the giver of oral sex to them

Terri
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42 months ago
Unfortunately this person does not have HSV1 (according to his history of sexual encounters and being tested). Though I'm not sure if he is throughly educated on this topic and I want to make sure he takes precautions not just with me but with other people he encounters. I have kissed him a few times and performed oral sex on him.  The times I have done so I have not shown signs of blistering or sores on my lips.  So far he has not said other wise to me but if he is HSV 1 and 2 negative I want to make sure of it . for his peace of mind.  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
42 months ago
Remember that the IgG test for HSV 1 misses 30% of infections so this person may or may not be infected with HSV 1, compared to the western blot.

Terri
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