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Girl im seeing has Oral HSV-1, I Have Genital HSV-2


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According to this study, due to the fact HSV-1 and HSV-2 share some DNA, she should have a small amount of cross protection against my genital HSV-2 right?

Therefore as long as i use antivirals the chances of me passing this on to her via sexual intercourse are slimmer than if she DIDNT have HSV-1?


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Yeah, I would say that you are probably right - in fact, I had read somewhere once that HSV2 being a bit more of the aggressive type of the two, affords you more protection from HSV1 than vice versa.

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Herpes is tricky. I have both oral hsv1  and genital hsv 2. I've had oral hsv1 (fever blisters) since I was a  kid and I acquired genital hsv2 a few years ago. My ex boyfrend tested negative for both  types and did not acquire herpes during our relationship. I do know that  a prior herpes infection  does protect from acquiring another herpes virus type in the same location, ie if you have oral hsv1, you are very likely not going to get oral hsv2 also. So from your scenario,your girlfriend ( or anyone who gives you a kiss, such as a relative, friend, etc) can give you oral hsv1 and you can give her genital hsv2. For genital herpes, antivirals and condoms help tremendoulsy and lower transmission close to nil. Hth!

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1 hour ago, Scared12345 said:

My bf also has oral and I have genital H and I have not passed it. I was also on anti virals for first 6 months where I was most contagious 

I think there is some validity in the fact that because your BF has Oral hSV he already has some antibodies to stop transmission of HSV2

Do you use condoms or just antivirals alone?

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