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MervyT

Hello,

First post here :)

A new partner of mine (we have not been sexual yet) has advised me that she has HSV1

I was just wondering if y’all could maybe help me with some things, because I am getting conflicting information online.

1)    If I have had cold sores my whole life, don’t I technically already have HSV1 too? It is different in the genitals vs. oral yes? I was also pretty promiscuous in my past, but I’ve never been tested because doctors always told me I couldn’t be because I get cold sores (I’ve had no symptoms genitally ever). 

2)    I’ve read that it’s hard for people who have it orally, to then contract it genitally. Is this true?

3)    How protective are condoms in this situation? (I am a guy). I have read everything from only 50% to “hugely protective”. 

Any help at all is so appreciated! I really like this girl and this has put a bit of a dampener on the situation :(

Regards

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WilsoInAus

Hey @MervyT welcome to the website. Lots of help to be found here.

1. Although cold sores can be confused with things like staph, there’s a very good chance you have HSV-1 this can be confirmed with blood testing. With a new partner, testing isn’t bad idea all up. The doctor isn’t right, there are type specific tests.

2. Yes it’s very hard, there is no documented case of it happening to a male.

3. Yes condoms are very good, it does reduce transmission chances by about 50%. However you already posses the best protection of all, an established HSV-1 infection.

Far from a dampener, this is excellent news - you are (probably) concordant with HSV-1. The best possible combination a couple could hope for!

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morty1234

Man i have Hsv1 from childhood and catched genital last year.

My blood test came back positive only for hsv1 two months ago. We are many guys in this situation. So my opinion is you can catch a new strain twice. There are more than 150 strains of hsv1 and hsv2.

I also struggling with daily nerves pain since I catched it.

My advice will be if you just wanna have a short story dont take the risk. Maybe she is nice with you now cause she is scared to be rejected.

 

Ps: i cant see wilson post, keep in mind this guy is a troll. Check his name on this forum

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WilsoInAus
1 hour ago, morty1234 said:

Man i have Hsv1 from childhood and catched genital last year.

My blood test came back positive only for hsv1 two months ago. We are many guys in this situation. So my opinion is you can catch a new strain twice. There are more than 150 strains of hsv1 and hsv2.

I also struggling with daily nerves pain since I catched it.

My advice will be if you just wanna have a short story dont take the risk. Maybe she is nice with you now cause she is scared to be rejected.

 

Ps: i cant see wilson post, keep in mind this guy is a troll. Check his name on this forum

Do you have genital herpes? What makes you think you do?

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