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Genital Type 1 - I don't get it, but I'm devastated

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cohengirl

i don't understand how i have type 1 genital. i really did not think this was common. can anyone shed light on this? does this mean it will be really likely that i can spread it to someones mouth???:confused:

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Claudia

It means that you have a highly contageous virus that you can spread to someone else through skin-to-skin contact with the infected area. Herpes (both types) most easily spread through mucous membranes, like the genitals and mouth, but can also enter the body through a cut--even a microscopic one--on the hand or chest or leg.

There is some evidence that Type 1 prefers the oral area and Type 2 prefers genital, but both can infect where there is an opportunity elsewhere, even th hands. Often people/web sites/doctors equate Type 1 with oral and Type 2 with genital, but this is not always true. Type 1 genital, especially, is becoming common.

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Shoegirl

Cohengirl,

I, too, was infected with HSV 1 herpes genitally about two years ago. I didn't even KNOW you could get it that way. I really wish people were more vocal about this disease as it would help prevent the widespread of outbreaks. He gave me herpes via oral sex and he had a history of cold sores on his mouth. The "kicker" is that he didn't even have one present at the time of oral sex. It didn't appear on his lip until the following day. I know it was a freak accident, but there's a part of me that will never be able to forgive him for this. I'm slowly trying to get back up and move on w/ my life (dating and all) in order to overcome this obstacle that was handed to me. I wish you the best of luck!

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