[Question #5852] HSV2/Oral

18 months ago
Good evening doctors:
5 years ago I had been tested for both HSV1 & HSV2 and have tested positive for HSV2 only. Though I have never had any symptoms.
It is my understanding that HSV2 is as I have heard said "below the belt"
Is it safe for me to perform oral sex on my girlfriend and that she would be safe from infection?
I know there is risk for her if she does oral on me and through intercourse especially if unprotected.

Thank you for your time.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 months ago
First, it would be important to know exactly which test you had and what the numeric results were - there are some false positives on the test.  This is especially important since you have had no symptoms.  If you both HSV 1 and 2 truly, then it is likely that you are infected both orally and genitally - that isn't certain but at least genitally with HSV 2 and likely orally with HSV 1.  If you do have HSV 1 orally, then it is possible for you to infect your partner by giving her oral sex.  Have you ever in your life had a cold sore on your lip or in your nose?  Has she been tested to know if she is positive for antibody to either virus?

Terri
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18 months ago
I had been tested twice for HSV1 and HSV2
HSV1 came back negative both times.
HSV2 came back positive both times.  Neither results in the records I can access show the number values. Below is all that shows.
HSV 2 GLYCOPROTEIN G AB, IGGPOSITIVE
IgG antibody to HSV type 2 Glycoprotein G detected,
which may indicate an active or latent HSV infection.
I have never had any symptoms including cold sores.
She is negative on both.

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 months ago
If this were me, I would get a test that showed me an index value.  Quest lab results show an index value and so do LabCorp results.  This is a lifelong issue and I think it would be worth confirming this and getting a clear answer before moving forward

Terri
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18 months ago
Dr. Warren:
Thank you for your time.
I will follow up with your recommendation.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 months ago
You're welcome

Terri
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