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A 32-year-old female asked:

Relationship with someone about a month. - hesitant on having intercourse. she had been with one other since her last test. - we kissed a ton and had oral once. - she tested + for hsv-1&2. - no sores etc. im getting tested soon. should i worry?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Having HSV1 is irrelevant; applies to half of all adults in the US, probably oral; and even if genital, rarely sexually transmitted. HSV2 may need confirmation; false positive results are common. Either way, herpes is never important enough to be allowed to interfere with love, commitment and rewarding sex. Sexual transmission is easily prevented, and usually not serious if it happens.
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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
With HSV one, and two however overtime most people have less outbreaks. Outbreaks and transmission are decreased by taking an antiviral like valacyclovir or acyclovir for suppression of out breaks and prevention of spreading.
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I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Eating before the test made no difference. Nearly half of all adults in the US have HSV1. Like you, most have no symptoms, with oral infection acquired as a child from parents or other kids.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
I have blisters that pop up on my lips every other week last time I kissed someone was 19 weeks ago I tested for hsv 1&2 at 9weeks ,14weeks,16weeks, 19 weeks and I also go at igm and it was also neg?
Dr. Robert Kwok
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Thank for your help. My IGg HSV-1 level was 38.10 post 5.5 week encounter with a woman who is positive. We had oralsex & kissing. Is this normal after a one time encounter. Other forums have told me with those numbers Ive had it for a while?
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