[Question #5505] Hsv 1

Bills
22 months ago
So me and my partner both have HSV 1, however it has first developed around the genital area on both me and my partner, so my first question is: can the cold sores move to my mouth Or any other parts of my body after having it already been developed around my genitals? Second question: could my partners outbreaks trigger my outbreaks? For example if my partner has an outbreak and I just gave her oral sex could it trigger it and move to my mouth? And could I freely have sex and have oral sex with my partner without worry as we both have the same hsv1 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
Once you have a type of herpes at one location, it is extremely unlikely you would get it in a new location.  No impossible, but highly unlikely.  And no, outbreaks in one person do not trigger outbreaks in another.  If I were in your situation, I wouldn't hesitate to participate freely in whatever kind of sexual expression would please you and your partner.  In 33 years of practice, I saw this happen once in our practice and I read a post from someone in a forum that also reported the same thing - but twice in 33 years?  Would you trade free sexual expression for two instances in 33 years?  Yes, there could be ones I don't know about but it seems very very rare to me.

Terri
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