[Question #7050] Genital Herpes

10 months ago
I'm aware that if you have HSV1 you are still vulnerable to getting HSV2 and HIV, but if you have HSV2 antibodies are you immune to contracting HSV1 (at least genitally)? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
10 months ago
Yes, we believe that that is true.  HSV 2 appears to protect against HSV 1 infection, though the opposite, as you seem to know, is not true.

Terri
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10 months ago
Does that mean that HSV2 antibodies (whether genital or oral) are produced throughout the body's bloodstream such that it protects against both oral and genital HSV1?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
10 months ago
Yes, an HSV 2 infection (which is almost always at least genital) protects against HSV 1 infection, regardless of location.  That's correct.

Terri
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10 months ago
If you have genital HSV1, are you immune to getting oral HSV1 (and vice versa)?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
10 months ago
If you have only genital HSV 1, then it is extremely unlikely you would ever acquire new oral herpes, that is correct.

Terri
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10 months ago
Can someone who's had genital HSV2 (for awhile) still get oral HSV2?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
10 months ago
That' would be extremely unlikely to happen.  The immune response that this person has built over the years would almost certainly keep that from happening.

Terri
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