[Question #3660] Herpes 1

33 months ago
I have recently started a girl that has genital H1.  As I kid I had a few cold sores and many canker sores.  I presume I have H1 orally.  Is it possible for her to transmit H1 to my genitals?  I am being tested to confirm I have H1.  Ideally we could have unprotected sex and oral sex without risk. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
33 months ago
In this case, I would go with your history of cold sores which is more reliable than the IgG test for HSV 1.  The test misses 30% of HSV 1 so if it is negative, that is not meaningful.  If you indeed have HSV 1 orally, which it sounds like you do, it is extremely unlikely that you will acquire HSV 1 genitally, that is correct. 

Terri
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