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I gave my partner genital herpes through oral sex (hsv1) with no symptoms but had an outbreak a few weeks beforehand. she then passed it on to me through sex as she was unaware. does this mean i have hsv2 and 1 now?

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HSV 1 and 2 are 2 different viruses. HSV 1 is more prevalent on the lips, but in the recent years it has been found more often in the genital area. HSV 2 is seen in the genital area. Both look the same when the outbreak happens, behave similarly and are treated with the same medications (for outbreaks or for suppression). Only a blood test for antibodies will be able to differentiate between them.

Answered 9/6/2021

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Bummer. It sounds as if you now have HSV1 above and below. You can get a test to see if you have accidentally caught HSV2 from a different source. Valacyclovir and L-lysine are two meds commonly taken to suppress and shorten outbreaks. You can spread herpes when the tingling starts shortly before the lesions appear and for awhile after they are gone. Use caution.

Answered 9/26/2021

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Something doesn't compute. People are immune (at least highly resistant) to new infection with the HSV type they already have. If your partner's genital herpes is from your oral HSV1, probably she is not the source of your GH. Was your GH confirmed by testing a lesion? HSV1 and 2 refer to the virus, not to the body part infected. Maybe she has HSV2 as well as HSV1? You both should be retested.

Answered 9/28/2021

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