Jump to content
World's Largest Herpes Support Group
Sign in to follow this  

Something Thats Been Bugging Me...

Recommended Posts


I know this has probably been repeated MILLIONS of times, but can someone please tell me HOW herpes are spread...i mean, can it be spread in other ways than being sexual? Because I've read by kissing..and if that's the case..then i could have possibly caught this by kissing a family member??? Sorry if I sound stupid, but I'm still trying to know the facts about this..

And another thing that bugs me, why is it that when people go in for blood tests to see if they have it, its possible to come out negative? Isn't that ridiculous?? If that's the case, my thought about this is "TO HELL WITH IT" everyone in the world is gonna catch something someday! :mad:

Sorry if i'm sounding...ridiculous..but seriously:rolleyes:

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay, I think you need a little crash course.

By adulthood, 80-90% of Americans are infected with HSV-1. It is typically spread through kissing or near mouth contact open sores, although HSV-1 oral sheds on 18% of days. However increasingly (because people are having more oral sex than ever before), HSV-1 is showing up on people's genitals, and subsequently getting transferred from one set of genitals to another. Some people think that you can get it through sharing utensils/cups with someone with a cold sore but this is unproven/dubious.

Approximately 20% of Americans are infected with HSV-2. It is typically spread through genital contact (any region in the boxer shorts area has been proven to shed however). One is most infectious when one has lesions but HSV-2 sheds genitally up to 25% of the time (more in the first years of infection). Rarely, one can become infected orally, either by kissing someone who has it orally (very very rare) or through oral sex (rare).

A few cases are transmitted through open sores on hands making contract with infected sores, this is called herpes whitlow -- this can be HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV-2 can occasion be transferred to one's eyes to cause kerastitis but the majority of kerastitis is caused by HSV-1.

An iGG serological blood test is highly accurate and will tell you whether you are positive for HSV-1 or HSV-2. A person can take up to three months to seroconvert from negative to positive though, so you need to go back and check to see if you're infected up until then. Biokits (for HSV-2) and Western Blots are considered ways to verify a diagnosis.

Almost everyone gets HSV-1. The way it's spreading, by 2025, 45% of Americans will be infected by HSV-2 because most people (up to 90%) have no idea that they are infected.

I think that covers it...

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Novagirl,

The links to the right of this forum page have a ton of information. Read them all and you will have a better understanding of everything hsv. ;)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think people often get confused about the percentages of person's with Oral HSV1. It's actually about 50% by the time they reach the teen years and 80% above the age of 55 so we older folks seem to be at a disadvantage here.

Some people also question whether it can be transmitted through utensils cups, lip balms, etc. but even the Quest Diagnostics website says to avoid sharing these things to reduce the chances of infection. It is often a question on a new patient form when you go to the dentist so I am inclined to believe this is possible. I also read about research in killing the virus in dental equipment and it was still able to detect the virus even beyond 24 hours. What it did not say was whether it was still viable.

I think it would be wise to avoid sharing objects if there is even the smallest chance of spreading it, for more reasons than just HSV. Have you seen the new commercials about contracting meningitis?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

  • The Hive is Thriving!

    • Total Topics
    • Total Posts
  • Posts

    • 2kroc
      Yes, just have sex wearing clothes and a condom, also don't kiss. No disclosure needed.
    • 2kroc
      Have sex  with at least one of you wearing clothes + a condom  next time, if you really want to protect him.
    • 2kroc
      All negative, Except for hepatitis B which is something you're vaccinated (They give you antibodies) against in the military. Before, I go through the trouble of re cropping another damn picture for you. I'd like to ask what your response will be if I show you the results and they're all negative?
    • 2kroc
      Universities receive most of their  funding from Pharma companies. Scientific studies aren't cheap, Pharmaceutical companies aren't going to fund research on food supplements when there's no pay off for them. It's naive to  think big businesses would fund research that'd directly decrease profit.  Then there's the possibility of the pharmaceutical companies bribing the government agencies from genuine health research, to keep themselves in business. https://thevaccinereaction.org/2018/04/big-pharma-pays-universities-for-most-medical-research-in-u-s-today/   Also, No one outside of the research community has the resources/contacts to prove they're cured. Even if they scored a negative on a western blot test/IGg, scrutinizers would just claim the virus was dormant or they never had it at all. Other than blood test, There is no easily accessible method to determine whether or not the virus is completely eradicated from your body.
    • WilsoInAus
      @2kroc where are the results of the three preceding tests?

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.