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DepressedMom34

I had my first ever outbreak of Herpes 1, well actually I’ve been diagnosed since as early as 16 with herpes 1. But I was treated for impetigo a week ago but since I still had tingles, itching and burning I was given medicine for Herpes a week later, 

Heres where I’m very ignorant in knowledge I guess. I was always told Herpes 1 was not a big thing to worry about but when I research I see I can actually give herpes 2 to someone. I’ve been with my husband for 16 1/2 years and have been tested for stds since I was 16, and always came back negative for everything except for herpes 1. If he got herpes 2 now it would be my fault and this could cause him to think I’ve cheated. 

I am scared to think I could cause someone a STD because of herpes 1, and two now that I might’ve had my first outbreak does this mean I’ll always get outbreaks? 

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Sea Siren

It's my understanding the hsv1 is usually associated with the mouth. It can be transferred to the genitals during oral sex. At that time it becomes Genital herpes simplex virus 1 or GHVS1. While 1 and 2 are both viruses they are not the same. Somebody with more knowledge please jump in here and correct me if I am wrong

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WilsoInAus

This is corrrect. Herpes 1 is it’s own virus and will always be that way. In can infect any location.

Your husband may already have HSV-1 orally - even if he has no living memory of cold sores. This would mean he is at no pragmatic risk of a further infection.

Even if it is a risk for him, what might he want to be different about your lives?

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DepressedMom34

I again am ignorant to the knowledge. I had a outbreak of clusters on my face under my nose and upper lip area a week ago and was treated for impetigo but now a week later I have itching and burning at times so they think I have a herpes outbreak because I tested positive for herpes 1 and they think I had shingles actually. So I’m confused. 

I read that I could give herpes 2 orally sincei have herpes 1. This is where I’m confused. 

 

I dont think my husband would change anything but would probably think after 17 years how the heck did I get an outbreak especially since I’m faithful to him 

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WilsoInAus

There is not too much mystery here. Most people get oral HSV-1 in their childhood, mostly from a parent or other close family member. You are probably one of these people.

There is often no real rhyme or reason as to why outbreaks occur. They are not related to cheating for example or exposure to someone with herpes. Only your body can permit an outbreak to occur once you’re infected.

Hence why did you have an outbreak of HSV-1 or shingles or impetigo? Who knows, and the reasons are neither significant or worth worrying about. It has just happened. It certainly does not infer in any way that you have done something  vaguely ‘wrong’.

There is confusion about HSV 1/2 out there but the truth is available here. It is impossible for a person with HSV-1 only to infect anyone else with the completely independent HSV-2 virus.

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ExhaustedGirl1

You absolutely cannot give your husband hsv2 if you have hsv1. They are two separate viruses and one cannot turn into the other or transmit the other to someone else.

You could always get the area PCR swabbed (ask for this over just a regular swab, it is more sensitive) to figure out if the cause of what you're seeing is hsv1.

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DepressedMom34

Thank you all for replying. I swear I read this information about herpes 1 turning into herpes 2 during oral sex. This is why I reached out for more clarity. 

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WilsoInAus
9 minutes ago, DepressedMom34 said:

Thank you all for replying. I swear I read this information about herpes 1 turning into herpes 2 during oral sex. This is why I reached out for more clarity. 

I've read it in a few places as well, but it is not correct. It harks back to the day when there wasn't really type specific testing so it was simply assumed mouth = HSV-1 and genital = HSV-2. In reality about 1/3 - 1/2 of genital infections are HSV-1.

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DepressedMom34

Honestly thank god I found this forum and I truly appreciate the knowledge being shared because I definitely went a little mad because I was getting so confused. 

I am honest I didn’t have right information but I can be smart and get the right knowledge so I signed right up. 

 

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WilsoInAus

I am really glad you signed up too! It has provided a chance I hope for you to focus on what is important and not have it threatened by some emerging fears surrounding herpes that may have been based on incorrect information.

For you your relationship with your husband is extremely important and no matter what is going on for you, please take reassurance that there is no reason for that relationship to go 'backwards' in any respect.

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