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I was diagnosed a few months ago and I believe to be asymptomatic. I have absolutely no clue when I contracted HSV-1 and HSV-2. I'm a bit terrified to get tons of testing/talk with doctors since I'm currently jobless and I refuse to inform my family. As well I find it shocking that when diagnosed I wasn't directed to anything to help me learn and deal with the issue. It was pretty much ask questions while the doc was there and out the door.

I have mouth sores a lot. I'm wondering if maybe I got HSV-1 and HSV-2 both orally and they're both causing OB.

So my questions:

Can I determine when I got it (without comparing when partners got it)?

Could I possibly have HSV-1 and HSV-2 BOTH orally and not genitally?

If the above is true can I test it?

Is it possible I don't shed genitally at all if it's just orally?

Can I test for that?

Is wearing boxers and a condom safe?

I'm a very sexually active person and I'm trying to find anyway to repair my life after finding this out. Any hope is good.

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That is a very good question

and I believe, yes, you can get both 1 and 2 in the same place.

As far as I know there is not specific test that tells you the location of the virus, just that you have it and what type. Generally speaking, HSV2 is genital, so chances are you have genital herpes.

It would probably do you good, to see others in your area who are in the 'club'. There is a support group near you:

Student Health Center - UNLV

4505 Maryland Parkway,Las Vegas, NV 89154-3020

Web: www.unlv.edu/studentlife/shc

Ph: (702) 895-0199

Good luck!


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oh wow had no idea that existed (woulda killed for the doctor to tell me *glare*). I'll probably check that out. Thanks

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Having hsv2 orally is very rare, and I'm pretty sure that you cannot contract hsv2 orally on top of an existing oral hsv1 infection. -- Anyone?

People who contract hsv1 orally in childhood though are likely to be asymptomatic if they contract hsv2 genitally later on. Or have very mild symptoms since they already have antibodies to herpes simplex.

I'm sorry, chances are that the hsv2 is genital.

What you could do though is ask for a PCR swab (far more sensitive and accurate than a viral culture swab) by your doctor next time you get an oral outbreak. If it comes back positive but only for type 1 I think that would answer your question. Or if it came back for both then you would prove to be a very rare case!

Good luck ;)

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