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I care a LOT about my partner and have gotten a good deal of info about spreading the virus to other people.

So my question is, how do I keep from making mine worse? If I'm not wearing underwear (female) and I typically get it on my inner labia, am I likely to spread it to my inner thighs? Will normal underwear help with that?

I read that you can spread it to your eyes or mouth by touching it and then not washing your hands. Are those the only places it can get spread through touching it?

Thanks guys.

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Genital herpes resides in your nerves. The ganglion of nerves covers the whole boxer short area. Different ob's might be in different places within this area. It all depends on which nerve path it travels out of. That is pretty much going to be a crap shoot. Spreading it (autoinnoculation) is kinda difficult, but can happen. Just wash your hands after touching genital area. It can be spread to your eyes, but this is rare. I just wash my hands frequently, keep hand sanitizer around. This virus will make you extremely conscious of hygiene, more so than usual. It amazes me how many people dont wash their hands after using the bathroom! I want to follow them out and smack em in the head!! LOL...hope this helps Boomba.

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Okay, so I just want to make sure I have it right. There is no way to make your herpes permanently more severe (stress and things like that will make it flare up, but not permanently) in the genital area. You will not spread it in the genital area, because the entire area's already affected. But if you touch your mouth or other areas you might spread it there.

Thanks for your help (elm) or anybody else. I really do appreciate it :wavey:

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that sounds right. I would make sure if masturbating, not to like your fingers to add lubrication. You already have herpes genitally, you cant catch it again. no worries about the help, we are here to support and educate each other!

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Oh, that's a very good point...geez...

I guess I'm lucky I only have it genitally at this point because the symptoms have been so mild I didn't know I had it...but now that I know I'll be way more careful.

Thanks and take care :)

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