My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how much at risk am I of contracting it?

Tell him... ...To have his doctor prescribe an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) and make sure he takes it diligently. That will reduce your risk by at least 50%. Don't kiss him when he has a fever blister, or even when he thinks he might be developing one. That will bring your risk down to 20% or less. Until a vaccine comes out, that's about the best you can do.

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What can I do if my boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how at risk am I of contracting it?

High. Your risk is quite high of contracting the herpes virus from your boyfriend. If he knows when he is getting a lesion, you should avoid contact with that area to minimize your risk. There is medication that he can take to decrease the risk fo transmission. Read more...

My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how easy is it to contract it from him?

Very. Direct contact with someone with herpes, during any time that they are shedding virus can very easily result in your contracting that virus. About 1 in 4 people in america have one of the herpes viruses, and about 90% don't know they have it. Read more...

My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how should I take precautions to avoid catching this?

Difficult situation. Hsv 1 infection is transmitted from person-to-person from infected oral secretions or lesions by close contact. If you kiss him on the mouth, there is a possibility the virus may be transmitted to you. If he performs oral sex on you, you may develop hsv 1 genital herpes. However, most hsv 1 infections in immunocompetent patients are asymptomatic or clinically mild. Read more...

How can I know if u have herpes simplex 1?

Medical evaluation. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. Hsv-1 can also cause genital lesions. See your dr or an std clinic for accurate assessment ; lab testing. Read more...