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So i was recently diagnosed with hsv1. I have never had an outbreak so idk if its genital or oral? Maybe 15 years ago i got a blister on my lip from whati thought was sunburn when i was on vacation....is it possible for me to have had it all this time and not known? Im scared of getting into a relationship and not knowing whether i can pass this to someone else....and im sorry if this sounds ridiculous to some ppl going through worse...

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You could have gotten HSV genitally and orally at the same time- i did.Lots of people have one outbreak and not one for decades.So yes that 'sunburn' could be a cold sore.I thought the same thing at the time, as do most people.

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Youre most contagious in the first year of infection.Viral shedding rates- Source Herpes opportunity.

HSV-2 genital 15-30%

HSV-1 genital 3-5%

HSV-1 oral 9-18%

HSV-2 oral 1%


Using condoms, dental dams, and suppressive medication helps reduce the spread.

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@bren740 if you have had little recollection of symptoms then there is little doubt that your infection is a childhood oral HSV-1 infection. You are just like 70-90% of the population depending on where you are!

There is no need for concern with relationships. Most likely your partners will have HSV-1 and you pose no additional risk. If you feel it is appropriate, and there is little reason not too, you can disclose you carry the cold sore virus, HSV-1 and this poses and infection risk to someone who doesn't carry the virus.

There is no need for suppressive medication for an oral HSV-1 infection.

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