[Question #441] herpes hsv 1&2

33 months ago
my first question is: I was talking with someone standing fairly close to me when their saliva landed on my face and mouth. This person was sick with a virus and had a severe herpes outbreak, several months prior. Three days later, I developed a chronic cough and two months after that, I was diagnosed with Labialis Herpes on my lips, inside mouth, chronic burning on tongue and throat. Several months later, my blood test revealed HVS1 and HVS2. Within three months, I had three outbreaks. Also, along the lateral boarders of my tongue and inside jaw have become ulcerated type sores. I have a history of occasional canker sores that occurred every 5-years or so. My previous medical history has been negative for the herpes virus. Can you please give a medical explanation of how hsv1 and hsv2 can be caused by someone's spittle germs.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
33 months ago
Someone's saliva landing on your face during a conversation would not give you herpes.  A cough is not a sign of herpes.  Someone having a severe outbreak of herpes (was it oral or genital - not that it matters) would not make them automatically infectious at any time.  And if you were going to have a new infection of herpes, it would not happen months later.  Was your mouth swab tested to know if the labialis infection was HSV 1 or HSV 2?  I am assuming it was swab tested as part of this diagnosis.  And are you saying that you had an IgG test in the past that was negative for HSV 1 and 2?  Have you had sex with or kissed anyone since that last antibody test?

Terri
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