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transmitting hsv2 to some with oral hsv

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Hi 

There has been a lot of talk about antibodies providing some protection and this was provided to me from another site and basically assumes that everyone is different and there is a real risk regardless if someone is a carrier of one type.  I personally have trouble deciphering this so if anyone can help out that would be great

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I am sorry to say but that website has terrible information and this is simply one example.

An immune system cannot respond to the partial DNA of any virus or bacteria, only to the totality of the organism. The immune system produces a range of antibodies and associated immune responses - some of which are very specific to the HSV type a person carries and some more generic that will 'attack' the virus of the other type.

The proof is in the outcomes though. This indicates that the same proportion of HSV-2 carriers that have HSV-1 is the same as those that do not have HSV-2. If there was protection from HSV-1 antibodies to HSV-2 then you'd expect those without HSV-1 to be more at risk of HSV-2 infection and a greater proportion to therefore carry HSV-2. This is not the case. It can only be concluded that it is not wise to assume that having oral HSV-1 provides any protection from a genital HSV-2 infection.

The other way around though is interesting. Those that carry HSV-2 first have an exceptionally low chance of becoming infected with HSV-1 subsequently. Here you'd have to give some weight to the immune response to HSV-2 giving you some to strong protection.

The chart makes no sense at any scientific level, it is best disregarded.

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Thanks Wilso.  I found it complicated.  Some of the info on their site is contradicting but two people vua the fb page are very knowledgeable and state no protection from hsv2 if you have hsv1

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