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Hello everyone! Im kinda flipping out because I got my second Oral HSV2 outbreak in a little more than a month from being exposed after the doctor said that I would not see another Oral HSV2 outbreak since they are rare. How many recurrences do such Oral HSV2 outbreaks have?
The doctor told me that since I have had two Oral HSV2 outbreaks in a month (the last one following a major cold that he had along with major stress about this whole ordeal), that he is fairly certain that I did not contract anything down there since the HSV2 virus is forcefully coming out of an "unpreferred" location already twice (on the lips) rather than its preferred location down the waist when it should have already come out in both places. Is this true? Thank you in advance! 

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4 minutes ago, WilsoInAus said:

You need a blood test to confirm what you have, you may have both types orally for example.

I will try to schedule one when some time passes for it to pick up. What do you think the chances are I have HSV2 in the boxer area after having two oral HSV2 outbreaks on my bottom and upper lip? I thought I would have already had something down there already especially after the major cold I just got through along with all the stress about all of this. 

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I have oral HSV2 as well, and my first year with it I got probably like 3 or 4 outbreaks? I had a few almost come during some time after but I kept them away with valtrex. I also have it genitally, but I didn't know I had it in both places until I really started to pay attention and went to the Dr, since my genital outbreaks were so mild. After a few years with it my oral "outbreaks" have become nothing more than a slightly raised bump on the border of my upper lip where I used to actually get sores. Not really sure how contagious it is at that point. I did get one random sore on the corner of my mouth the other day but it went away really fast.

I think that because oral HSV2 isn't seen as often Drs don't really know very much about it. Recurring outbreaks do happen, and if you had sex (even protected) with the person who gave it to you orally, you may also have it downstairs I'm sorry to say :(

Good news though is that if you do have it downstairs maybe it's really mild! which is good.

It's a weird thing to navigate because most people do not disclose that they have oral HSV1 before kissing but in my experience I have never passed it to anyone by kissing - maybe because they already have HSV1 orally so that protects them a little? I mean still though if you're going to give someone head you should probably let them know just in case.

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@Dan10160 I think you should obtain a Westernblot to understand your HSV-1 and HSV-2 status. It is more likely than not you have HSV-1 orally and HSV-2 genitally than any other possibility.

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@WilsoInAus I know that is a possibility but I have had like 3 blood tests over the past few years confirming that I do not have HSV1 - only 2! I know they are not always reliable but wouldn't the hsv1 show up if I was getting outbreaks?

Sorry though do not mean to divert this conversation away from the poster's concerns! I only meant to offer what my experience has been :)

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It is all good and important conversation!

HSV-1 is missed a lot of the time, 1 in 10 and some say more often. That's per person not per test.

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Hi, I've been battling oral HSV-2 for almost 5 months now. I'm pretty positive that I don't have it down there. I've been suffering from about an outbreak a month.

My symptom us not the usual blistee cold sore but actually a flaky/dry peeling piece of skin on my lower lip, that reccur in the same spot all the time. I know it's contagious because I got it from kissing someone who had the same symptom.

My diagnosis came from a blood test 3 months after exposure (hsv2 1.2).  I plan on having a new blood test at the 6th month mark.

Ive also just started using a lipstick named lysine plus cold stick. We'll see if it improve my situation.

good luck and let us know what you find!

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Hi WilsoInAus,

I'll be celebrating the 6th month since infection on March 1st, So yeah.. I'll go for a second blood test in a month.

for the record, I've been using the lysinne lipbalm for almost a week now. Drasticly helped the dry lips / dead skin patch issue, altho some constant prodominal sensations subsist in my lips.

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  • 2 years later...

@Dan10160 Can you share what symptoms you have for Oral HSV2 ..I have tingling and pins type pain on my lips and few cracks on my lower lips but never had any typical blisters type plus the sore type i have stayed in my lips for last 3 months and never gone ..Do you also have any pink eye conjunctivitis issues ..I am having pink eye for last 6 months with white discharge which is not healing with any medicine ..i am not on Antivirals now has my blood test are negative . i stopped taking the antivirals 6 months ago ..

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