U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old female asked:

Hi docs, i'm 40, female, 1st genital hsv1 ob in 2006, maybe 2nd ob in 2012. no further ob & haven't infected anyone to my knowledge including a 6 years male partner w/ unprotected sex. hsv2 igg negative. what the % of my risk infecting others now?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
There is little or no risk of infecting your sex partner(s). Probably there has never been much risk you would infect partners. As you are experiencing, recurrent outbreaks usually are uncommon for genital HSV1, and asymptomatic viral shedding also is uncommon (unlike HSV2). Genital to genital HSV1 transmission appears to be extremely rare.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Provided original answer
You'll find this blog interesting. It's a few years old, but still pretty accurate. https://www.thehairpin.com/2013/11/how-i-found-out-i-didnt-have-the-herpes-id-been-living-with-for-four-years/
Jan 7, 2022
Last updated Aug 10, 2022


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.