[Question #7008] HSV1 Reinfection possible?

9 months ago
My wife had a confirmed HSV1 outbreak on her chest, just above her breasts, about 4.5 years ago. We are not sure where it came from, I have not had an HSV1 outbreak, but for the sake of this question, assume it came from somewhere on me. We both take Valtrex daily to prevent further transmission (we have 2 small kids.) Is it possible for me to give my wife HSV1 again, this time on her mouth? (A new additional infection that could then reoccur on her mouth?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
9 months ago
If she did not become orally infected at the same time she got this on her chest, then it is extremely unlikely that she would then get it at a new location (mouth)
Most herpes in the location of the chest or breast happens when someone who has HSV 1 in their mouth (even if they have no symptoms) sucks on the nipple of a person who does not have HSV 1 orally.  Does that seem to fit with what happened here to your wife?

Terri
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9 months ago
Hi Terri,

Thank you for your response. She has never had an HSV1 outbreak anywhere other than her chest (below neck, above breasts.) Her outbreak was a few months after the birth of our child so I was not sucking or kissing her nipples at the time. This was about 4.5yrs ago, we preformed oral sex on each other (69) one night, and a few days or week later she had an HSV1 outbreak on her chest. So our theory is the HSV1 somehow came from the area above my penis, or perhaps I was shedding near my penis but the virus landed on her chest instead of her month as we were moving through positions. Since then, neither of us have had another outbreak, and we take Valtrex daily to prevent further transmission. Considering these details, is it still your opinion that it is extremely unlikely that she could get it at a new location (mouth) during future oral sex activity?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
9 months ago
I think it is very unlikely that she acquired HSV 1 on her chest by you performing mutual oral sex on one another.  It doesn't come up through your body and out of the chest.  It is still my opinion that she is very unlikely to get this at a new location, even though we can't be certain how she got it on her chest.

Terri
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