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Oral HSV-2 transmission?

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MexicoMan

I recently went on a trip to Mexico and during my time there made out with a young lady on the dance floor. Nothing progressed any further and later my friend told me she was a prostitute. For the last week I've been freaking out about the possibilities of me getting herpes from her. I haven't had any noticeable reaction yet but I'm incredibly worried nonetheless. What should I be on the lookout for or what can I do at this stage to look for other possible symptoms? I'm going to the doctor later this week but need a way to find solace soon because I'm going crazy

I've had bad stomach cramps/pains and a runny nose that both kind of started shortly after the incident, but not sure of those are indicative of something else

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Misty67

OK so you are concerned about catching OHSV2 from this lady whom you made out with?? Why type 2? what makes you think she has OHSV2?? "Most" cases of oral herpes are type 1. I, on the other hand do have type 2 oral. I contracted it the same time I contracted genital. My symptoms stated about one month later.

I "think" you are worrying about nothing..but good luck.

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MexicoMan

I'm mostly worried about it because of the inhabited severity of HSV-2 and from my typical understanding of prostitutes, rates of infectious diseases tend to be higher. I definitely worry too much, but am more worried about spreading it down the line without knowing

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RealisticGal
I'm mostly worried about it because of the inhabited severity of HSV-2 and from my typical understanding of prostitutes, rates of infectious diseases tend to be higher. I definitely worry too much, but am more worried about spreading it down the line without knowing

It is highly unlikely that you got HSV by kissing her, but nothing is entirely out of the realm of possibility.

It seems you are a big-time worrier. Rather than worry about it, why don't you go get tested (blood tests) for your peace of mind?

If you test right now, it should tell you your "baseline" status. There is a very good chance that you could come up positive for HSV-I, as about 50% (or more) of the adult population has oral herpes of that type. Most of those who have it, do not know it.

If you come up negative at this time, you can repeat the test later. Testing again in about 4 to 6 months after the time you kissed that woman should tell you whether or not you got any type of HSV from her.

The tests you need to have done are TYPE SPECIFIC IgG-BASED HSV antibody tests for BOTH HSV-I and HSV-II.

Incidentally, HSV-II is typically much less severe when it is an oral infection than when it is in the genital area. There are always exceptions, but not too often, based on the info we have.

:wavey:

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Misty67

OHSV2 is rare, but people do get/have it. Most case of oral HSV are type 1. If you want to get tested you truly need to wait 3 months, it takes a while for anitbodies to build up in your system.

Again, good luck..

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RealisticGal
OHSV2 is rare, but people do get/have it. Most case of oral HSV are type 1. If you want to get tested you truly need to wait 3 months, it takes a while for anitbodies to build up in your system.

Again, good luck..

I have a real problem with the suggestion that everyone should wait 3 months (or 4 months, or 6 months) to do initial testing.

Part of the value of early initial testing is getting a baseline status...so the person can know whether or not they have a long-standing HSV infection to begin with. Experts such as Terri Warren advocate for this early/baseline testing when a person becomes concerned.

(One thing this can do is put a person's mind at ease. For instance, if it is discovered they have an established infection with HSV-I, despite having no symptoms, that would help them realize it isn't such a big deal. They've had it all along without problems from it.)

The repeat testing, done 4 to 6 months later, would be for the purpose of evaluating whether or not a recent encounter changed their status.

The fact is, some folks seroconvert quickly --- in much less than 3 months. But some take longer than that.

It's sort of an arbitrary number, and yet I see it posted here time and time again.

I worry that folks get the impression that a single test at 3 months will tell them the whole story.

Just sayin'. :flowers:

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Misty67

"I" tested postive before the 3 month mark. It was actually 2 months after exposure. I just always suggest that to people on the forum. I have heard many people that don't even test + at the 3 month mark. Probably just depends on the person.. I truly don't think anyting is "cut & dry" with this virus.

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"I" tested postive before the 3 month mark. It was actually 2 months after exposure. I just always suggest that to people on the forum. I have heard many people that don't even test + at the 3 month mark. Probably just depends on the person.. I truly don't think anyting is "cut & dry" with this virus.

Oh, I completely agree, Misty. It's a sneaky little bastard of a virus. There are no absolutes. Bugs the crap out of me when I see the experts give advice using words like "always" or "never" or "definitely."

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