[Question #5517] HSV2 risk

22 months ago
I was diagnosed with genital HSV1 via swab two years ago after receiving oral sex from an symptomatic person. I tested negative for HSV2. Last night, I had a sexual encounter with someone I’ve been casually seeing for a few weeks now. I’m not sure about his herpes status, but I do know that he has slept with a fair amount of women and his ex girlfriend was a heroin addict who cheated on him. He said he got tested and came back negative for everything, but he wasn’t tested for herpes. Anyway, we gave each other oral sex but we did not have penetrative sex. However, he did rub his penis on my vagina for probably less than 30 seconds but there was bare genital to genital contact. It was very brief. I am a very paranoid person when it comes to STDs especially after my ghsv1 diagnosis so I will probably definitely get tested at 6-12 weeks just to ease my mind, but I’m curious about how worried I realistically need to be about this. How risky do you think this encounter was? Does having HSV1 genitally make it harder to contract HSV2? Should I be worried about oral HSV2 from giving him oral? I feel like the brevity of this encounter makes it not extremely risky but I’d like an expert’s opinion. Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
So I'm a little confused about whether you are worried about the possibility that you infected him or that he infected you with HSV 2.
In both cases, the risks are just incredibly small!  And HSV 2 is rarely transmitted to the mouth during oral sex as HSV 2 does not like the oral area and has a strong site preference for the genitals.  a 30 second contact between his penis and your vagina is also very low risk both because of the short duration of the contact and the fact that there was no penetration and the very thin nature of vaginal tissue that makes virus entrance so easy was not exposed.

Terri
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22 months ago
I was more concerned about him possibly infecting me with HSV2. He did rub it on my clitoris, so would that increase my risk because that is the delicate skin? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
for 30 seconds?  No, this is so very very remote, again, I would not give it another thought unless you develop sores, which I don't believe at all that you will.

Terri
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22 months ago
Okay thank you so much for your time!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
You are most welcome

Terri
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