[Question #6286] hsv 1 and hpv

15 months ago
I had hsv 1 growing up, orally and never had a symptom since.  Last year I had a symptom after sleeping with a friend, genital.  A blister, only for two days and it healed without medicine.  It didnt ooze, have color, crust or scab.  The blister wasn't painful either, does that mean it wasnt hsv 1.  There are other reasons I could have had one.  My doctors final say was it wasnt anything after inspecting.  My blood test was positive Igg test for hsv 1 only, that means the infection was older right?  12 - 16 weeks?  Can you get hsv 1 genital if you had it orally in the past?  If i only have hsv 1 in a lifetime am i contagious or not.   How should I approach future relationships?  Thank you!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
15 months ago
A positive IgG for HSV 1 does indicate infection, yes, and since you had cold sores growing up then yes, that confirms an oral infection.  It is extremely unlikely that if you have HSV 1 orally that you would acquire it genitally.  Since you have oral infection, the risk to partners would be you giving them oral sex.  Oral infection is not a risk when having intercourse with another person. The virus stays in it's own location so for you, the mouth.  When you said that you were sleeping with a friend, do you mean having intercourse with a friend?  If that's what you mean, then if it was only intercourse and not you giving them oral sex, the contact was NOT a risk for them.  In the title of your question, you mention HPV - but there was nothing about HPV in your post - did you mean for there to be?

Terri
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15 months ago
Thank u so much!  About hpv, I had a non cancerous hpv, it was tested around 2007.  In 2013 after I quit cigarettes it went away.  Did my body kill that virus or do I still carry it?  My girlfriend is worried about hpv causing cancer, but i only had symptoms of a non cancerous strain.  Does she have anything to worry about?  Can we carry strains with no symptoms?  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
15 months ago
I am thinking that you had an external genital wart, is that correct?  The vast vast majority of these are caused by types 6 and 11, neither of which cause cancer and should not be a concern for your partner.  It is possible for either or both of you to carry this virus without symptoms.  In fact, most sexually active people have these viruses at one time or another.  Whether we actually continue to carry them is up for debate, but the concensus, as I understand it, is that normal healthy people do not display the virus after it becomes dormant but upon severe immunosuppression, it can re-emerge in some people.

Terri
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15 months ago
If a person has a fever blister once in their life and never has a symptom again are they contagious?  Similar question for hpv, if their symptoms clear up and they don't ha e symptoms ever again are they contagious?  And are there statistics on how contagious if they in this category or is it non contagious?
15 months ago
Ive been trying to save myself for the love of my life.  It gets kind of hectic, giving people a chance and not working out.  Do u have suggestions for rules to go by.  Like should I ask my partner to get an std test before being together.  Or how long should we wait, to know we want to be togethrr
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
If someone has ever had a cold sore, then they are infected for life and will shed virus from time to time. 
So from this, I'm gathering that you've not yet had intercourse, is that right?  I personally feel it is absolutely appropriate to ask new sex partners to be tested for all STD's.  The testing window, if it includes herpes, should be done 12 weeks from any sexual encounter with another person.  If you are doing only HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis you can do it at 6 weeks out. 

Terri
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