[Question #3836] Worried about hsv1 exposure

32 months ago
About 3 weeks ago I foolishly French kissed (twice, total time 30-45 seconds) a girl I met in a bar. Didn't notice any lesions on her. About a day later my lips started light burning, and got chapped, I've been treating with Vaseline ever since, still burns from time to time, no blisters I can see. 11 days after the kiss my gums started burning, almost exclusively over my two front teeth, feels like either where the tooth hits the gum or top part of gum, can't see any blisters (or any significant redness). Now at day 20, lips still chapped and feel puffy, gums still burn fairly often, never seen anything that looks like a blister, never had any pain other than burning which hasn't worsened, just comes and goes .

I tested clean for hsv1 and 2 about a year ago, and am very worried about having contracted hsv1. Waiting 12 weeks for test seems an eternity. Especially worrying is I read about light or no symptoms at first exposure, so I might have it and no show noticeable blisters until later.
Pls advise thoughts on exposure and symptoms. Thanks
32 months ago
Edited to Add: Now on Day 21, my new symptom is light burning on top of mouth behind top two teeth. The burning on the front of the gum has subsided around day 20 after starting on day 11. Noticed a small bump inside front lip on day 20, but it's almost cleared up by now (day 21).

I really appreciate your input on this, it's caused me a tremendous amount of worry over the past 3 weeks.

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
I understand that you are really worried about the encounter and your subsequent symptoms. But nothing you have described here concerns me that you may have contracted herpes orally.  You should be looking for lesions and probably disregard the light burning that you are experiencing. The test that you had about a year ago misses 30% of HSV one infections when compared to the gold standard herpes Western blot. So you may or may not actually already have type one infection. In addition, your contact was very limited in time and the odds that you would contract or I'll infection at the single encounter is very low

Terri.
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