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A 29-year-old female asked:

My partner told me his hsv 1 antibody test came back positive years ago but he has never had an outbreak. he says its oral/caught from sibling. am i at risk for genital herpes if we have had oral and unprotected sex?

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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 56 years experience
Most people carry HSV-1 virus and it lays dormant for years. Transmission is possible during outbreaks of lesions. No contact between partners when outbreaks occur. No oral and vaginal contact.
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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
That indicates he was exposed to it and probably does not have it in active form. If you got/ get vaccinated it might help. Also consult your Gyn and he can get a urine test for it. In the meantime suggest protected sex Good luck
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