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Lookonthesunnyside

"Only about one quarter of people with genital HSV- 1 shed virus at all in the absence of symptoms, while 55% of people with HSV-2 do"

I read this on herpes.com. So its saying that only about half of all people with GHSV2 shed without any symptoms. I've had doctors say its rare to spread this without any symptoms at all, or even that it doesnt happen. But then I go online and all sources say "you can be shedding/contagious and not have ANY clue"

Whats the dealio?

And just in case anyone thinks I'm looking for an excuse to not disclose, or trying to argue that it is only spread with noticeable symptoms, I'm not. I'm wondering if anyone else has read/heard that not everyone sheds without any noticeable symptoms. Obviously you wouldnt know if you were one of these people, I'm just wondering.

Thanks!

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JBnATL

Statistics are really hard to pin down with viral diseases

Everyone is different and measuring asymptomatic shedding is almost impossible. So relying on statistics should not be the basis on how you live your life.

You have herpes, and there is always a chance that you can pass it along. There are steps you can take to make that chance quite small, but there will always be a chance. Informing your partners and taking the steps to help prevent it is the best thing you can do.

Good luck!

JB

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tigerfan

well i know ive had hsv1 as long as i can remember (im 24) and till recently really didnt know what it was and ive had two relationships 1for3years and 1for 2.5 and i didnt spread anything to them,of course i dont think i had oral sex with them if i had an outbreak,and i get like a cold sore a year sometimes skips a year.So really im not to sure about that shedding im sure its possible but i think very very not likely.

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laughingoutloud

I got HSV2 from a guy with no visible signs, trust me I would have noticed I was pretty close to his Penis. He had just rode his Harley 3 hours in July heat to see me and then we went to hot springs. Extreme heat can cause the virus to activate. He may not have had symptoms but he woke a sleeping giant and passed it right on to me. Shity thing is he knew but didn't educate himself on it and didn't tell me. So You have to be smart and careful no matter what. and avoid extreme heat.

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pingu

I've had cold sores for about 5 years (a legacy from an ex who lied to me). Whenever I feel a tingle (even if it turns out to to a false alarm) a keep away from husband and son. If I do develop a sore I wait about 2 weeks after it has healed before I kiss either one. Also I keep everything separate and rub my hands with alcohol many, many times a day. It kills spontaneity with hubby and son but at least I feel I am doing my best not to spread the virus.

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"Only about one quarter of people with genital HSV- 1 shed virus at all in the absence of symptoms, while 55% of people with HSV-2 do"

I read this on herpes.com. So its saying that only about half of all people with GHSV2 shed without any symptoms. I've had doctors say its rare to spread this without any symptoms at all, or even that it doesnt happen. But then I go online and all sources say "you can be shedding/contagious and not have ANY clue"

Whats the dealio?

And just in case anyone thinks I'm looking for an excuse to not disclose, or trying to argue that it is only spread with noticeable symptoms, I'm not. I'm wondering if anyone else has read/heard that not everyone sheds without any noticeable symptoms. Obviously you wouldnt know if you were one of these people, I'm just wondering.

Thanks!

I think whether or not you shed depends on how strong your immune system is, how much of your virus is in your body, etc. It makes sense that ghsv1 sheds a lot less than ghsv2, because ghsv1 is supposed to be "less effective," so to speak. I'm guessing the same is true for ohsv2 versus ohsv1.

You could be having symptoms and not realize it. People who are asymptomatic probably had symptoms at one time, but just didn't realize it, for one reason or another.

There is a test you can do. I think it's through Westover. It's a swab test, I believe. You do it every day for 6 months or something like that, and they can tell you how often you shed. Because you have to send the swabs in, you won't know until some time later, but it might give you some more useful info, either just for yourself or to tell a partner.

It's expensive, though. But might be worth it.

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