I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes HSV-1 (typically oral herpes) and have some questions. I'm almost certain I know who gave it to me... I have done some research on the subject and here is where I am confused. Since I have HSV-1 and not HSV-2, that means I was it was transmitted to me by someone giving me oral sex that had HSV-1 orally (whether active or not) according to my research. My question is, is it possible that this person might have ALSO had HSV-1 genitally and passed the same virus to me through intercourse, giving me HSV-1 genital herpes? Or would that turn into HSV-2 (genital to genital contact according to what I have read.) I don't remember him giving me oral sex, hence where my confusion comes in.
Another question I have is... if my body contains the HSV-1 antibodies, even if I have only shown signs genitally, does that mean I am more likely to get oral herpes as well? I have never had a cold sore on my lips. I have had mouth ulcers YEARS and years ago, but everyone does at some point. I never get cold sores or canker sores or anything like that. Now that I have this virus, even though it's genital herpes, can I get oral herpes too? Do I have to be careful about giving oral sex to a partner?
Since my diagnosis, I have told the partner I was currently seeing and he has accepted me, even though we aren't exclusive or officially dating (in the works ) I couldn't have asked for a better first experience with telling someone "the news". Even if I don't end up with this person, I know that there is hope I will be loved and accepted, which is what I feared and I'm sure everyone fears when they first hear this news. I hope this gives someone else hope. But if anyone has answers to these questions, please let me know. I'm trying to inform myself the best way I can. Thanks guys!!!View Thread
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