[Question #3358] Herpese concerns

38 months ago
Hi Doctor,

I had a dental appointment with my dentist, and I told her about some skin being shed on the top of my mouth (not sure why I was thinking hot beverage or bread scratching).  Her answer was surprising saying I have herpes.  I went to my GP on the same day and he confirmed negative and there is no Oral  Herpese . 

I have no history of Herpes  never had multiple partners in my life.   I did some tests in 2014 November which was negative. 
HSV I AB SPECIFIC IGG<0.90   
HSV 2 AB SPECIFIC IGG<0.90

I did this test when I moved from India to US.

1) Does this means I have no infection but doesn't rule out the virus in my body ? 
2) Should I repeat this test? 
3) In 2014 I have been to massage parlors and once I had a massage therapist masterbated me - will it cause any HSV2 or HSV1 infection ? I read skin to skin contact or friction can cause transmission  of the virus.  Also I read the Virus can be in shading state on people and can pass on to others. So there is active risk always. 
4) How can I protect my family being infected? The http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/herpes/en/ made me concerned about it.  I never knew about it or worried about in the past when I was in India and now I am aware and worried. 
5) Will my kid can get it from school from other kids as they might be sharing pencils or toys etc? 

I never had any outbreaks and the test 3 years back was negative still I am worried  and I have a family now and don't want to spread this to my family.  I wanted all of them to be safe.

Please help doctor! 

Regards,
SK

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
It just seems ridiculous to me that someone would say you have herpes based on skin shredding from the top of your mouth!  OMG
Although the test is not perfect, it certainly suggests that you don't have HSV and you do not need to repeat the test, no
Masturbation wouldn't not cause you to get either HSV 1 or 2, nope
You don't need to protect your family!
It is possible that someone with a cold sore could kiss on of your children and they could get the virus.  About 1/2 the US population between 14 and 49 have HSV 1 so it is incredibly common. 

I'm so sorry you were worried needlessly.  That's just terrible!

Terri
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38 months ago
That is what my GP told me as well, its terrible that a dentist can raise a concern. 

Culturally we don't kiss the kids in the family - might seem strange but that i how we were grown up as kids.  I was from India and moved to US in 2014 and learned about this virus. 

I apologize for repeating the question and am worried as the data in US is present and it is concerning and may be in India it is not known and people might have the virus. 

How could we prevent it for the kids? Is there anything I could do as a parent? In school they do share things but it is infectious only if they put things in the mouth  which was used by a kid with active lessons or shedding phase?   

What could be the chance or probability for getting it?

What is a shedding phase is it after someone got infected, if it is what is the risk? 

Can we get it from hair salon or places like that? 

Does the virus stays dormant in the body ?

How long does the virus stays alive on the toys or glass, does it die when it is exposed? 

Also this could spread only if there is active lesson and kissing on the lips or cheeks?  Or it can spread even there is shedding phase with the kiss. 

I know there is no antiviral shot for this virus , and not sure if it would impact their family life so I am concerned. 

Regards,


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
Sorry, we have been out of computer range for a couple of days.
Don't  kiss your kids on the lips when you have a cold sore if you happen to somehow get cold sores.  It sounds like you don't kiss your kids on the lips anyway, right?  Ask others with cold sores not to kiss your kids on the lips.  You do not get herpes from salons or places like that.  And yes, if you got infected, the virus will remain in your body for a lifetime.  It normally does not get transmitted via something like putting things in their mouths that other children have used.  There are no documented cases of getting herpes from inanimate objects except perhaps lipsticks which is very low risk and sex toys for genital infection.  Virus can be present even when lesions are not present.  And there are definitely antivirals for herpes!  They work very well.

Terri
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38 months ago
Thank you for the answers.  None of us in the family had the infection.  So I hope we are safe.  I was reading lot go information and got worried.  Kissing lip to lip never happens. We kiss on the forehead.  

The one worry was school as I got another forum answering me saying the virus can stay alive on objects for long hours if the area is humid or something.  I come here as the last resort.  

Is there authentic information I can learn so I am not paranoid? 

Regards,
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
You are talking on this forum to experts in the field a sexually transmitted infections.  I'm not sure exactly what you mean by authentic information?
While it maybe possible for herpes virus to live on a a inanimate objects for a little while that is a different question and whether herpes virus living on an inanimate object for a little while is still infectious to other people. I would say after a very short time that it would no longer be infectious to other people. What forum were you using where you found this information?

Terri
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38 months ago
It was healthcare magic.com where they told me it can infect from kids toys at school.  I am not sure HSV1 is considered as STI. And my question was not about this forum and I trust this one the most so I come here :) 

I wanted to learn more about it to be cautious thats all
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
OK, I understand

Terri
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