[Question #7622] Area of general location left buttocks, can I pass it vaginally?

 
22 days ago
Hello, I have a burning question that I need answered. Over 20 years ago I began getting a bump on my left buttocks I always thought it was a boil.  In 2016, I got a bump on my left buttocks same place but found out it was actually herpes.  Since my diagnosis I have never had an occurrence/blister or whatever anywhere on/in my vagina, thigh, or groin area just my buttocks; which may happen once a year.  My question can I give someone herpes through vaginal sex if that has never been where breakouts occur? Do I shed virus vaginally although my location site is my buttocks? I’m very stressed, frustrated, confused.  I had unprotected sex recently although I take daily suppressive therapy.  We had sex vaginally! Could I have passed it to him? I’m afraid.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 days ago
Yes, you can shed virus from the genital tract even though your outbreaks have been only on the buttocks.  If you are on daily Valtrex, this risk of transmission is cut about in half.  I know this is difficult news for you to hear.  Please let me know what other questions you may have.

Terri
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2 days ago
Okay, but my breakout on my buttocks may occur once a year or less.  I am on Valtrex suppressive therapy.  What is the likelihood that I transmit the virus to someone without condom use since my HSV2 is established and without an active outbreak on my buttocks? I understand you can shed virus during symptoms, however; is viral shedding before or after and active outbreak? Or does your body just shed virus randomly/random days out the year? When exactly does viral shedding occur? Also, I get a breakout on my forehead region at least once a year, is this HSV1 or HSV2 and if it’s HSV2 am I shedding in my genitals? So so so confused? Please help!