[Question #3154] Hsv1 genital

40 months ago

I’ve hsv1 genital for 2,5 year now. After the initial ob, never had another (at least i think so). I also have what they call: vulvodynia/vulvair vestibulitis. So the whole vagina area is always painfull.


Now i’m not really sure, but as far as i know, at my initial ob the sores were only on the outside. So in between the labia minora and labia majora. 


Last week i had much pain on the inside and i decided to check it. I saw, what i think was a sore. 

Now i’m wondering:

  • is it likely with a recurrence that it is only one sore? 
  • My boyfriend fingered me (when the sore was already there) and now i’m worried he may get hsv too, maybe on his finger or other  bodyparts he touched afterwards?
  • Can i still get a swab test if it is allready a wound/sore?
  • Is it likely the recurrence is suddenly on the inside and nothing on the outside ( and the initial ob was on the outside)?
  • Can i infect myself on other bodyparts if this is an ob, because i’m worried i noticed it too late ( for example .. i also took a bath)? 
  • and if it’s possible to infect myself on other bodyparts, how many days will it take to see symptoms?                   Kind regards! Roos

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
40 months ago
If you get what you think is a sore anywhere in the genital area, it would be worth having it swab tested to sort out if it is a recurrence or not.  It is possible to have recurrences only internally but not the usual situation.  Is it still a sore?  Then, yes, you can get it evaluated and swabbed, certainly.  It is unlikely he would get it on his hand unless he had a break in the skin that would allow the virus to enter.  If he was going to get it, symptoms would appear within 2-10 days.  Once a person is infected in one location on their body, it is would be highly unusual to get infected at a new location on the body. 

Terri
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40 months ago
Thnx Terri!

But is it likely that it is only one sore with a reccurence?

Thanks in advance.



Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
40 months ago
Recurrences can be a single sore or multiple sores, it varies greatly from person to person.

Terri
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40 months ago
Thnx! Some last questions:

- how likely is it that it will come back anyway?  And i was wondering if it will come back, does that say something about future outbreaks, like it will be kind of activated again then?

- how likely is it to transmit hsv1 to your partner (hands, genitals & mouth)? 

- how likely is it to tranmit it to your kid when having an outbreak? 

And some last advice. Because the area down under is always sore (vulvodynia), it’s hard to decide when i have to check for H symptoms. But when i don’t i’m worried  i miss/overlook an outbreak. And with an outbreak i have to be more carefull with hygiene ofcourse. 

Thnx a lot for the help! 

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
40 months ago
HSV 1 statistically recurs about once every other year, after the first year of infection.  You may or may not have recurrences.  We don't have statistics on transmission of HSV 1 to partner's body parts.  If you only have HSV 1 genitally, your kids are at zero risk of contracting this from you.  I don't know that you need to be more careful with hygiene with an outbreak - I'm not clear what you mean by that?  The same hygiene you use every day is the same when you have an outbreak.  But this is your final post this time. 

Terri
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