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chances of transmission during 'healing'


13squirrels

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Are the chances of transmitting GHSV1 the same throughout the whole outbreak, or is there lesser chance during some stages, such as the 'healing' stage? I've always wondered this and have tried researching it, but could never find anything. I've had very few and very mild outbreaks - like the worst thing is the sore/sensitive/tingling skin. My 'outbreaks' don't hurt, they're just annoying. And they never look like they do in the pictures, they don't look like blisters, and they never burst or open or anything. But when they heal, they just kinda turn red and go away. Is the risk of transmission less during this period? Or not? 

 

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Yes the risk is considerably less than when a lesion is present. Best to wait until fully healed though.

Where was your positive swab taken from, where are these patches in relation to the initial outbreak?

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You would be best to wait until you have completely healed over and there are no signs of scabbing etc.  Ok less risk remember there is shedding as well

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1 hour ago, WilsoInAus said:

Yes the risk is considerably less than when a lesion is present. Best to wait until fully healed though.

Where was your positive swab taken from, where are these patches in relation to the initial outbreak?

I never had a swap taken. I had a blood test done. I had sex with a guy, and then the next day my skin on my butt/thighs/legs/lower back was extremely sensitive and sore. I googled it and saw that herpes could be the issue. I immediately freaked out and contacted my doctor, when I went to see her she looked and said she didn't see anything so she didn't think it was herpes, but that she would do the blood test since I had convinced myself of it. Sure enough it came back positive, however it did not specify between HSV1 and HSV2. I told my partner and he got tested, and his came back positive for HSV1. I never had an 'initial outbreak' right after being infected, besides the skin sensitivity. The first real 'outbreak' I had was a month or 2 after being infected. 

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@13squirrels there is not a lot of evidence here that you have genital herpes! Your symptoms would not appear so quickly, nor do they align with herpes exactly as your doctor said. If this was an IgG test for HSV 1/2 then it confirms that you have a long term infection as antibodies would not be present so soon after the sexual episode you describe. Most likely you have had an oral HSV-1 infection from your childhood. This gives you good immunity from a genital infection.

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      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
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      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
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      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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