[Question #7370] Contracting herpes

3 months ago
I used the same shower poof as a person who has hsv1 about 30 seconds after that person used it.  It’s been 2 weeks since this happened and I am now having fever, chills and have red spots on my penis but no lesions. Could I have  contracted herpes? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
3 months ago
I seriously doubt that using the shower poof of someone who has HSV 1 would result in an infection for you.  If you have spots on your penis that concern you, I would suggest that you have them evaluated by a professional.  Did this person with HSV 1 have lesions at the time that they had scrubbed with the poof?  I have a hard time imagining that someone with an outbreak would scrub them with a poof!

Terri
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3 months ago
I was told that HSV1 is transmitted via “mucous membranes” and I am still awaiting the results of my blood test. Does testing positive for HSV1 mean that I have genital herpes? Does it mean that I will need to disclose my infection with this virus to my sexual partners?  I had cold sores as a child...will this cause a positive result for an HSV1 infection? Is it possible to test positive for HSV1 and still NOT have genital herpes? The literature on this topic is very confusing and I will be extremely angry at the person with HSV1 who used my shower poof if it turns out that I am now infected myself. Please help resolve my confusion.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
3 months ago
No.  If you test positive, it can only tell you that you are infected, not where.  Since you had cold sores as a child, we know that you have this orally.  So no reason at all to be angry with anyone!

Terri
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3 months ago
Thanks but I’m still not clear how I should behave in the future. According to the internet, 


3 months ago
Cont..
Nearly half of the people on the US have HSV1, so do I need to tell my future partners that I have tested positive for it? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
3 months ago
Since we know that your infection is oral (cold sores), I would personally advise that before you give anyone oral sex, you should disclose your oral infection.  If you do not, and they acquire HSV 1 genital infection, that is considered a sexually transmitted infection and could present you with legal problems, not to mention ethical problems.  That is my opinion.  Not all experts agree on this topic, but that is my opinion, and what I would want to happen personally if I did not have HSV 1 and someone who did, was going to give me oral sex. 

Terri
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