[Question #3346] Follow Up Question to 3319

38 months ago
Hi Teri,

A follow-up question. You mention "we don't know if your HSV 1 is oral or genital for sure" - Is there a test to determine if I'm infected orally or genitally, or if I'm infected only genitally with both HSV 1 & 2?

Thank You.

HSV 1 can be transmitted via giving oral sex.  Even if you've never had a cold sore.  But remember,for you, we don't know if your HSV 1 is oral or genital for sure, right? I am assuming you have received oral sex in your lifetime which means you could be infected genitally with both.  I think the risk of transmission is higher if you are infected orally with HSV 1 than if someone gives you oral sex and you transmitting HSV 2 to their mouth.  HSV 2 doesn't like the mouth and HSV 1 orally even without symptoms sheds not infrequently.  Suppressive therapy will reduce the risk of transmission of both viruses.

Terri
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
There is no way to know if your infection is oral or genital unless you get a sore in either location and then have it swab tested, correct.

Terri
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38 months ago
I suspected as much, and since I've never had an outbreak (yet) I'll assume it's both and continue on daily suppressive therapy. Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
You are most welcome

Terri
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