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A 25-year-old female asked:

Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. had cold sores before. can i also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? having swollen glands in groin. itchy and tingle

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: If a person has antibodies to HSV1 (has immunity), she should not get new HSV1 infections in places that she did not get HSV1 sores in the past. New herpes lesions on the genitals would be presumed HSV2 (if the HSV2 antibodies turned positive on the blood tests after the new genital herpes sores). Life can surprise you sometimes. Maybe HSV1 was in the genitals in the past but wasn't noticeable.

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Last updated Oct 25, 2016

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