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A 28-year-old member asked:

My partner and i have oral hsv 1. what is the probability one could get genital hsv 1 if we refrain from oral contact during an outbreak?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Very slim: Usually oral hsvi is not shed if not having an outbreak so do not worry if you refrain form oral contact until the lesions are completely healed.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Minimal risk.: Your risk should be minimal as you and your partner will have a protective antibody to HSV 1. You will be protected from additional infection by virtue of the antibodies you already have.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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32 years experience
Should not happen: Once you have one type of herpes, you can't get that same type again.
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Last updated Feb 1, 2019

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