[Question #5679] HSV1 Whitlow Please

19 months ago
I had a whitlow appear eight years ago on my index finger. It was confirmed HSV at that time via a swab test but I was so emotionally broken I didn't commit the type to memory. Since that time I have had no recurring outbreak on my finger and nearly forgot about it. I recently went to determine the type via blood draw and found out I have type 1. 

- Is there any way to infect others when no outbreak is present? 
- Any risk to touching myself or others anywhere?  Particularly nieces and nephews?
- Could I also have this in my mouth? Would that be infectious to others? I have had a couple visible ulcers (I think) inside my upper lip but assumed they were not herpetic.
- Could I spread this via intercourse?

Concerned I could have put myself or others at risk. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
- Is there any way to infect others when no outbreak is present?
No, the skin of the finger is too thick for virus to be shed from that area
- Any risk to touching myself or others anywhere?  Particularly nieces and nephews?

No, not without a sore
- Could I also have this in my mouth? Would that be infectious to others? I have had a couple visible ulcers (I think) inside my upper lip but assumed they were not herpetic.

It's difficult to answer this - I don't know.  If you have ulcers again inside your upper lip, you may wish to have them swab tested for herpes

- Could I spread this via intercourse?

No, not if you only have it on your finger

Terri
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