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I've had only one outbreak of oral herpes in my life and it's been almost 4 years. In that time, I didn't know what it was exactly since I was 13 years old, from what I remember it was only one big blister, which is not very common when you look for pictures of herpes on the internet. But I remember I was sick in the time that the lesions showed up so I'm pretty sure I have HSV.

I'm scared about the unknow. I know the risks of autoinoculation are really low, but I worry about being in this "low". Since it was my first outbreak I think I didn't have sufficient anticorps and I wasn't very aware of what was happening to me. I didn't know the risks of transmission to other parts of the body, I don't think I touched my mouth and then immeadiately touched my genitals, but maybe I did an indirect contact, could I infect myself like that? And, if autoinoculation happens, how long is it until the symptons appear? Because I feel nothing until now, but could it be asymptomatic?

It scares me because it seems I'll never be comfortable since there's always a risk. I may seem kind of paranoid, but it's because all of it is really affecting my psychological, it's crazy how this can affect your mental health.

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LiveLife100

Deep breath. You will be okay! 

Autoinnoculation is possible and almost always (always a rare exception of course) happens early on, prior to building antibodies. It is not common to happen at all, however. And yes, it is possible to not have any symptoms especially since genital is not the preferred location for HSV1 and it's a secondary location as well (you already had a primary OB orally). 

So how to prove or disprove your theory? Unfortunately a blood test would only confirm HSV1, but cannot tell you Location. The best bet is to go get a typed swab from your Dr if/when you are having any symptoms. 

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1 hour ago, LiveLife100 said:

Deep breath. You will be okay! 

Autoinnoculation is possible and almost always (always a rare exception of course) happens early on, prior to building antibodies. It is not common to happen at all, however. And yes, it is possible to not have any symptoms especially since genital is not the preferred location for HSV1 and it's a secondary location as well (you already had a primary OB orally). 

So how to prove or disprove your theory? Unfortunately a blood test would only confirm HSV1, but cannot tell you Location. The best bet is to go get a typed swab from your Dr if/when you are having any symptoms. 

So, I guess, for now, I have to learn how to live with this doubt, it's scary haha

But thank you so much for your answer, it means a lot! Just one more question.

I can't remember exactly how my first outbreak was, I just remember I was sick and in the other day I woke up with a swollen blister in the left side of my lower lip. I think it didn't cause me itch or pain, but there was some yellowish liquid after some days and it was gone quickly I guess. I was taking some medicines at the time because of a fever.

Do you think what I described here is more likely to be herpes or something else? Since I didn't have anything after that I couldn't analyse and I haven't done any blood test, so...

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LiveLife100

If you aren't having any symptoms and you've never officially been diagnosed, I would recommend getting a type specific IgG blood test. If it's negative then you'll know it was something other than HSV and that you don't have it in either location. 

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15 minutes ago, LiveLife100 said:

If you aren't having any symptoms and you've never officially been diagnosed, I would recommend getting a type specific IgG blood test. If it's negative then you'll know it was something other than HSV and that you don't have it in either location. 

Ok. Thank you!

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