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Is there any way to know where on my body I have my herpes?

A few months ago I had an antibody test for HSV1 1&2. I tested positive for HSV1 igg. All other tests were negative.

I have never had any symptoms, sores, or scars. Neither in my mouth nor on my genitals.

I have been a little bad psychologically because I am no longer free and spontaneous in my relationships as I used to be.

In fact, since my diagnosis, I have felt fear, because it is a question of not knowing where the virus is in my body. Not being able to kiss spontaneously, and without speaking of the sexual part... I have abstained from any contact with women.

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1 hour ago, madman said:

Is there any way to know where on my body I have my herpes?

A few months ago I had an antibody test for HSV1 1&2. I tested positive for HSV1 igg. All other tests were negative.

I have never had any symptoms, sores, or scars. Neither in my mouth nor on my genitals.

I have been a little bad psychologically because I am no longer free and spontaneous in my relationships as I used to be.

In fact, since my diagnosis, I have felt fear, because it is a question of not knowing where the virus is in my body. Not being able to kiss spontaneously, and without speaking of the sexual part... I have abstained from any contact with women.

Just curious, why did you test in the first place?

Half the U.S. population, and 2/3 the world population have hsv1 antibodies. Most of the time it's due to an oral infection and is often (but not always) contracted in childhood from being kissed by your loved ones.

Genital hsv1 is increasing because of oral sex but is far less common than oral hsv1.

Assuming your test is not a false positive, the only way to find out where you hsv1 resides, is via a swab. Swabs are typically done on a sore. You don't have any visible sores but you would still be shedding the virus. So your best bet would be a PCR swab. It is very sensitive and will reveal viral shedding. Of course, you are not always shedding the virus, so timing is important; i.e. you could get a negative swab simply because the virus is not shedding when you perform the swab.

Talk to your doctor.

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Hi Cas9. I requested this test on my own in a laboratory, because I was having pain and burning in my penis glans (without having any lesion visible). 

I've talked to my doctors, and they say that I shouldn't worry, that this is something normal in the population. In short, none of them have suggested any other tests.

In this post I explained what has been happening to me.

Regardless of what is causing me this discomfort (which has been going on for more than 5 months) according to the test I am a carrier of the virus.

Now what should I do in my relationships? Telling girls something like....  hey look I can't kiss you because I have herpes but I don't know where it is.....

Its awful... man

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Don't beat yourself up. "An estimated 3.7 billion people under age 50 (67%) have HSV-1 infection globally." (WHO)

You're in the majority. More adults have it than don't have it. And most adults are non-symptomatic like you.

I agree with @Cas9. According to the US CDC, most people are infected orally in childhood (non-sexually), have an outbreak, and then forget about it. If you ask the average person "do you have herpes" they would probably say no. But from the statistics we know this isn't true -- they've just forgotten about it or happen to be non-symptomatic.

Given no other information, I would bet that you have an oral infection based on the statistics.

 

 

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