[Question #4592] Genital HSV2 To Partner Mouth

26 months ago
I am a 72 year old woman in new lesbian relationship. I have genital herpes. I had an outbreak and immediately started taking Acyclovir for the first time. About 12 days after the outbreak, we made love for the first time and had oral sex. I prevously had 2 long term relationships and neither partner had outbreaks, so unfortunately did not realize the risk.

My partner had a full blown outbreak all around her mouth which has been active for almost 3 weeks. She thought it was from sun exposure and applied lots of chapstick, coconut oil, etc. She had the HgG blood test and it was positive for HSV1 and negative for HSV2. I am getting that blood test today.

I am assuming her outbreak is from HSV2. 
After it heals, what are the ramifications for her around kissing friends and family? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
26 months ago
Has your partner ever in her life had a cold sore before this? If yes, this may be a reactivation of her type one virus. The antibody test this early would not be useful as it takes a while to develop antibody in response to a herpes infection. If she has HSV-2 orally, she is unlikely to recur often and is not a risk to kissing others like friends and family she has an active sore.  We kiss our lovers differently than we kiss our family and friends, right? A more passionate kiss could put others at risk but because HSV-2 does not prefer the mouth kissing with HSV-2 is low-risk. It's good that you are obtaining an antibody test yourself as it doesn't sound like you know what type of genital herpes you have. Have all of your partners always been female? Please let me know what other information I can provide for you.

Terri
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26 months ago
Thank you for your reply:)
I have had male and female partners in my life (monagamously).
Question: Going forward I assume I should have my partner use gloves and dental dam for protection?

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
26 months ago
Again, it is very important to sort out if you have HSV 1 or HSV 2.  If your partner is also infected with the same type of herpes virus, it is not necessary to worry about transmission.  And I think gloves are not necessary and dental dams are really up to the person giving you oral sex but do provide protection. 

Terri
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