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A 32-year-old female asked:

Got hsv-1 gential at 18 years old. i had one outbreak the first year and have had 6 since- i'm 32 now. the only confirmed outbreak was when i was pregnant and it was one lesion on the anus. is this many outbreaks normal for genital hsv-1?

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Yes: Yes, this is considered the normal pattern for HSV-1. What we generally see is that the outbreaks decrease in frequency over time after the first 12-18 months. From my experience, there's a lot of variability but generally speaking, a lot of people will still get outbreaks once a year, commonly as a result of high stress or an unrelated cold. Hope this helps
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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FYI HSV-1 is cold sores. HSV-2 is genital Remember HSV-2 is by your wa-zoo
Sep 5, 2017

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