[Question #5879] HSV1 Genital Herpes

19 months ago
Is genital HSV1 less contagious than HSV1 oral? What are the shed rates of HSV1 oral with non reoccurring cold sores and also HSV1 with recorruing cold sores
19 months ago
Also, what are the shed rates for genital HSV2 non reoccurring and reoccurring?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
HSV 1 oral infection (with about 6 outbreaks a year) sheds on 25% of days while HSV 1 genital infection, that has been in place for two years or more, on average, sheds on 1.3% of days.  Huge difference.
HSV 2 in people with recurrences sheds on about 20% of days and no recurrences 10% of days.
Is that what you were looking for?

Terri
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19 months ago
Yes it is, thank you.  Have you ever personally came across a patient that has been infected with genital HSV-1 through having sexual intercourse with someone who was positive with genital HSV-1?  Also how much does oral HSV-1 shed on average if it is just 1 or 2 outbreaks per year?  Thank you
19 months ago
and also HSV-1 oral with no reoccurring outbreaks.  Thank you!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
I'm sorry, but we don't have the data about the shedding rate of people who have oral herpes and have outbreaks only once or twice per year or never (how we would know it is oral?).  If it is anything like genital HSV 2, people with more outbreak shed more.  Pretty simple. 

Terri
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