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He has oral HSV-1, and I have GHSV-1

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I told the guy I'm dating last November that I have genital HSV-1, and he said it wasn't a big deal (he gets cold sores). So today it gets to the point of almost having sex, and he makes a comment about being skeptical about getting genital HSV-1. I told him it's hard to infect another area, because you body provides some sort of protection. Right? I felt pretty bad about what he said. You have herpes too, but because mine is in a different area it's worse? He said he needed protection so I don't get pregnant (STD's checked and clear, and I've been on birth control for the past 2 years, and he knows this). He's just scared to get genital herpes. Fine. I understand. 

We ended up not having sex, and now I don't think I ever want to have sex with him.  

 

So for my future partners I want to be able to provide more factual information about having herpes. 

I have genital HSV1, lets say my partner has oral HSV1 can he still get it on his genitals?

I don't have oral HSV1, but lets say I kissed him with a cold sore can I still get HSV1 in mouth despite already having it in my genitals? 

 

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The answer is that it is exceptionally unlikely for a male to obtain a genital HSV-1 infection after an established oral HSV-1 infection.

There is no medically documented case of this happening for a male. Herpes specialists who have seen thousands of patients either have never seen it happen or have only seen perhaps one case which isn’t proven.

It is best to simply avoid any contact with an active cold sore. Then transmission chances will be zero to negligible at worst.

Ask him to research, but in the end it is something he needs to come to terms with.

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