[Question #4140] Girlfriend believes she might have herpes

31 months ago
My girlfriend believes she might have herpes, and I'm trying to help her realize that is highly unlikely. She found a sore on her labia. We had had unprotected sex days earlier. She asked me if I have herpes, and I told her now. I have never had a herpes sore on my genitalia, and certainly didn't when we had sex. Furthermore, none of my dozens of other partners have ever contracted herpes. And the only person I've ever slept with with herpes was an ex-girlfriend whom I took all necessary precautions with and haven't slept with in more than a year.  Still, my current girlfriend is freaking out. What are the chances she has contracted herpes from me (or someone else)? If not herpes, what might the sore be?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
Were you the giver of oral sex to her? Have you ever had a cold sore in your lifetime? If the answers are yes, she could have genital herpes type 1. Or you could have HSV 2 and not know it. She should get the sore swab tested immediately for herpes.  Best to find out for sure rather than guessing about this and the sooner the swab test can be done, the more accurate it will be. Please don't hesitate.

Terri
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