[Question #905] Herpes

52 months ago
I recently contracted herpes in my genital areas from receiving oral sex from my partner of two years. ( I am 62 years old and have never had an STD and neither has she) She is not sure if she had mouth sores or not. I am presently taking medication and my blisters seem to be healing well so far. They have not broken but appear to being reabsorbed back in my foreskin area. My question is after my current condition is "healed" can my partner get infected either through penetration or oral sex if I am not symptomatic as the original virus came from her? Follow up question would be- if so, is there a possibility that we will keep re-infecting each other? Second follow up question- what would be the best medication/treatment to minimize the potential of getting reinfected? Thanks for your time.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
52 months ago
It is extremely unlikely that once you acquire herpes in one location that you will then get it in a new location.  If you got genital infection from her mouth then she has oral infection and is extremely unlikely to get it genitally.  You will NOT keep re-infecting each other, no, it doesn't work that way.  Each of your immune systems will handle the virus in your own way.  I think medication would only be necessary if you started to have more frequent recurrences, though that should not happen with the herpes virus that you would get from oral sex.  Did you have the lesions swab tested and typed?

Terri
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52 months ago
I got tested and the results came back as herpes type 1. Will this keep coming back or is it over after treatment?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
52 months ago
Genital HSV 1 infection doesn't recur often but it likely will recur once in a while, it is NOT over after treatment, no, but I would expect a recurrence perhaps once every other year, on average - some people hae more, some people have fewer.

Terri
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