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Koolmom2008
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Jun-15-12, 04:18 PM (CST)
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"A question regarding the transmission spread of genital herpes..."
 
   I was having a debate with someone regarding people should get blood tested to know whether or not they have the HSV virus 1/2. The debater asked if a person shows NO symptoms of having it oral or genital and they test positive for HSV1/2 how are they going to know which area is infected with 1 or 2?

I tired to explain that HSV is HSV and if you test positive you're at risk of transfer it to your partner because you shed the virus. The person then said if 80% of the population has hsv oral then shouldn't it me a moral obligation for them to tell their partners? And I said YES but they won't because they don't see if as a threat even though, it could be spread via oral sex.

I couldn't really answer their question about which area would be infected if they tests positive for which area if they never had an OB. I was only trying to get the point across that everyone should know their status regardless. The persons point was, genital herpes is genital herpes and what's the point in testing if you never had an OB and won't know which area if infected if the blood tests positive.

Apparently having oral HSV is okay to many folks but having it genital isn't..

So my question is... Are the 80% hsv1 (oral) transmitting it to the 25% who has hsv 2 because nobody wants to get a blood test to know if they carry the virus?


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windyadmin
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1. "RE: A question regarding the transmission spread of genital herpes..."
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It's true that the test only tells whether or not you have antibodies, and does not tell anything about the location of the infection. To figure that out, one must use other information.

Almost all hsv2 infections are genital, so if the test is positive for hsv2, you can be pretty certain that it's a genital infection. Most people who don't get outbreaks will get minor symptoms that they can be taught to recognize. Knowing that you have it gives you the ability to take precautions against transmitting it, and thereby reduce the chance of transmission.

Just because you have no symptoms does not mean that your partner will have no symptoms when they get it from you, and those who contract it with the foreknowledge that it was a risk tend to deal with it better than those who got it as a surprise.

Almost all oral herpes infections are hsv1, but not all hsv1 infections are oral. Genital hsv1 is fairly common in the general population, and it's very common in certain populations. Young people are more likely to get genital hsv1 than older people are. Older people are more likely to have already acquired oral hsv1, which pretty much prevents a subsequent genital hsv1 infection. There might be differences in how older vs. younger people use oral sex, but I'm not going to guess at any statistics on that.

People with only hsv2 appear to be less likely to acquire hsv1. That may be an understatement. I think there are only a few documented cases of it happening.



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Koolmom2008
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Jul-06-12, 10:53 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: A question regarding the transmission spread of genital herpes..."
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   Thank you Wendy for all of your important knowledge on this.

one more question, how long can One have sex after a MILD OB? I haven't had a painful one where I had to use meds to heal them since last year but I tend to get mild ones during my periods that last for like 3 days.


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3. "RE: A question regarding the transmission spread of genital herpes..."
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The usual advice is to wait until the skin heals. Most shedding episodes last only a few days.


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