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Hi everyone,

I am hopeful some of you can give me some answers/opinions.

I am dating a gentleman with HSV2. Although we have not yet had sexual intercourse I was wondering if the immune booster/Lysine supplements will help prevent me from getting the virus?

I am also curious if I should be tested PRIOR to having intercourse with my BF because my ex-husband frequently gets cold sores and I wonder if it's possible that I already have HSV1 based on the statistics I've read.

My third question may seem strange, but are there any of you out there who knew your significant other had HSV2, and had unprotected sex with the purpose of contracting HSV2 because you knew the relationship would be long term? What was the outcome? Did you contract the virus or not? And after how many months/years of being together?

Thanks very much for your anticipated responses.

PS: You should all know that I did not ever think to stop dating this man because of Herpes. He is so wonderful and it does not change the love I have for him! You are all wonderful individuals regardless of the HSV! God Bless!

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Wow, your questions are soo similar to what i am currently going through. I just got diagnosed with HSV-2 and my girlfriend sort of wants to have it with me because she wants to be with me forever. After a lot of pondering i came to sort of a consensus. Dont do it. You can be with him and have sex safely without contracting HSV. If condoms arent your thing then at least ensure he is on a daily anti-viral to limit your chances. As far as Lysine is concerned, it couldnt hurt. Lysine is a supplement that boosts your immune system but it definetly isnt a precautionary method to avoiding HSV. I guess it all comes down to what you want. If you are willing to take the risk then that is your decision but dont do it just so the relationship will go on. It's almost the same as getting pregnant just to hold onto someone.

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      Hi @Throwaway765 yes that all makes sense and you’ve pretty well reached the right conclusions except for a very significant fact!! You are right, receiving genital HSV-2 from oral sex is unheard of, just not feasible given how people have it and whether it actually sheds in infectious quantities or not. Safely rule this out. Now HSV-1; once you have this as you do orally, you have immunity against infection anywhere else on the body, it is also not feasible.  The symptoms you describe are also not related to herpes in the absence of lesions.
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    • Throwaway765
      Thanks for your response! I received unprotected oral 10 weeks ago and immediately after had stinging in my glans and weird nerve pain. I am positive for HSV1 due to cold sores I got as a child, but as recent as 9 weeks after this exposure have tested negative for HSV2.    im nervous that I may have acquired hsv1 again on my genitals since HSV2 is rarely acquired from oral sex and doesn’t shed hardly at all, but haven’t seen any sores yet. Just weird symptoms and this started recently in my buttcrack when I was taking antibiotics.   Any advice or perspective would be greatly appreciated. @WilsoInAus
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      Hi @Throwaway765 and welcome. There is absolutely no concern over this being related to herpes. Something must be concerning you as to the possibility of herpes… what is it? 
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