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This is a spin off on what turned into a heated debate in a previous thread of mine regarding how I contracted GH and mine and my bfs role in that. I wanna clear the airways as well as warn/educate people so they don't fall victim to finger herpes (herpetic whitlow) like I did.

My man had always got tiny bumps around his cuticles from time to time, painful, raised blistery things. He was mauled by a shitload of minibaby scorpions when he was a kid and was always under the impression that these bumps was just scar tissue still detoxing out of his hands. (Like when you stab yourself with a pencil when you're 5 and the lead is still working its way out into your twenties)

He has OHSV1 and chews his fingers. Him, nor his doc, nor me ever drew the connection between the two maladies. In fact he didn't even know auto-inoculation was a risk until he met me and I went google happy one night.


This is exactly what is on his hand when it happens. We messed around one night in the dark whilst camping, and the next day is when I saw the bumps. Few weeks later, I have GH. FECKEDYFECKFECK!

But just KNOW that this is a way of contracting it ANYWHERE. If someone has it and they stick their fingers where the sun don't shine... herpes where the sun don't shine can ensue.

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It's a good warning, although herpetic whitlow is apparently not too common (one of many good reasons not to chew on your fingers).

If you and your guy have oral sex, though, there's a good chance you would have eventually gotten GHSV from him that way. Not a real comfort, I know. I'm just sayin'...

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you're right... definitely rare, but lots of people chew their cuticles or nails.

I know... Eeeeeeeeeeew!!! :sickgreenface:

(If only they knew, and I'm not talking about herpes.)

There's an old joke that goes something like this: There are 3 kinds of people who don't lick their fingers ---- paramedics, plumbers and proctologists...

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That's hillarious Real! I had a bad nail biting habit when I was a child and it took a while to get over it. Thank goodness I did now I always use the nail clippers. They say people bite their nails because they are nervous. I don't know why I did it but I always wash my hands constantly especially now that I know I have genital herpes.

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I have herpes on my finger it comes and goes occasionally, im sorry u caught it this way a vada i bella, it isnt something i think to be so much scared of or to beware of i think to just be aware that it is uncommon and unfortunate some people have it and its hard to live with, Im guessing ur man did not intentionally give it to u but jus beware people with on their finger are just as unfortunate and its hard to live with. Just be careful it doesnt happen to you.

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