[Question #5613] possible transmission

21 months ago
I had my first herpes outbreak on Day 1. On Day 5 I began anti-viral treatment. On Day 16 I transitioned to suppressive antiviral therapy, at which point my symptoms had ended and the sores had healed, though there are still scars. On Day 19 I had a sexual encounter with a man (status unknown) that involved no penetration, but some rubbing of his penis against my general vagina/anus area. I wore a thong but I'm worried that I may have exposed him, since it's possible that the areas where my sores were (and are now healed/scarred) touched him. I'm wondering if you can help me understand that risk, so that I know whether I need to communicate the risk of exposure to him.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
I think the thong very likely protected him against infection, as well as suppressive therapy.  And the fact that it is a single encounter is also in your favor - repeated contacts are more likely to  result in infection than a single encounter.  In my opinion, you don't need to alert him, given all of these factors.  Do you have HSV 1 or HSV 2?

Terri
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