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Technical question for real. Chances of getting genital HSV 1 from contact vs histor

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I was diagnosed with herpes last week. I have not had sexual contact for a couple years, but have recently been involved in protected intercourse and unprotected oral pleasure.

I found out today that I have genital HSV 1 and also went in to take a blood test for antibodies.

My recent sexual partner is out of the country but we have been emailing each other. He has no know history of herpes, but has been much more sexually active, including unprotected sex with a woman for the past 2 years. (I appreciate his honesty)

So now I am waiting on the results of the blood work.

The first doctor I saw stated that the genital outbreak was related to my recent sexual contact was almost certain - which I relayed to him.

Now, I question whether to hold him accountable for this - it feels a bit blaming if it is not true.

What do you think the likelihood of my getting this via sexual contact vs. a dormant HSV 1 in my genitals is?

I am questioning my thinking and want to do the next right thing. He is returning home Thursday and is very caring and kind.

I know that I need to tell him that it may not be him that passed it on but what are the chances that I had type 1 in my body and that it would show up genitally by chance?

I will get the results next week, but I am curious about people’s thoughts.

I will be kind no matter what, and it is hard to get info on this detailed of a question.



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i don't know if this helps but i got oral and genital hsv 1 from one brief time of oral sex. not genital sex. the person had never had cold sores. i blood tested positive for hsv 1 somewhere between a month and 6 weeks after contact.

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Thanks for your response.

I am sorry for what you went through and I am curious how long it has been and how it has affected your life.

Interested in chatting?

My doctor just called and I asked her the question about why I didn't get it in both places.

It is all a bit of a mystery.

I would like to connect if you have time.


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of course! private message me and I can answer any of your questions.

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