[Question #5546] HSV1 transmission risk

20 months ago
Hello Ms. Warren,

Let me start off by stating that I have an unhealthy fear of Herpes and tend to overthink things.

About 11 or 12 days ago I received a hand job from someone of unknown status. She spit on my penis head one time for lubrication and that was it. There was no oral, vaginal, or anal insertion. It was just a hand job with her spitting on my penis just once beforehand for lubrication.

Let's assume she had HSV1. My penis and thighs have had an intermittent burning feeling for about 8 days. There are no visible sores or rashes that I can tell. Maybe a couple of tiny bumps on my penis head that I have no idea how long they have been there as I have never studied it so closly before.

My question is am I overthinking it or is is just that easy to acquire herpes?

I would very much like to just move on with my life without fear of having acquired HSV1 on my genitals.

Thank you for your help.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
You are overthinking this.  Even if she did have oral HSV 1, the chances that she would have sufficient virus present at the exact time she spit in her hand and masturbated you would be astronomically low.  I have never ever seen anyone infected in this manor and don't expect I ever would.

Terri
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20 months ago
Thank you for your reply. That is reassuring. Just to clarify she spit on it directly. She did not spit in her hand first. Does that change your assessment at all? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
No, not really.  Could you get HSV 1 from this contact? Yes, it is possible but saliva alone is not nearly as efficient for transmission as contact directly with infected tissue/skin.

Terri
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20 months ago
I suppose anything is possible but in this case it seems it is highly improbable? It’s been 12 days now with no sores to speak of. I’m assuming that Is something I would have definitely have noticed. From what I am ascertaining from your expert advice is that I really don’t have anything to worry about and should just move on, and will do my best to do so. It is comforting knowing that in all your years you have never seen it transmitted this way. Thank you so much for your time and counsel. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
Glad we can help!

Terri
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