U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Ecuador
A 25-year-old female asked:

I have a vaginal hsv1 outbreak for the first time ever. does that mean i just recently contacted herpes? or could i have had it for a while now?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
First HSV outbreak : Genital herpes is usually caused by HSV 2, although the "cold sore virus" HSV-1 can be transmitted with oral sex. The first outbreak of herpes is just that- so u did not have it before. It's possible your partner never knew they had it because most people don't have symptoms. You must have picked it up about 4 days ago from onset of rash (range 2 - 12 days). Hope this helps. Feel better!

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 12, 2014

Disclaimer:

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.