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I was recently diagnosed for genital HSV-1, although I think I have had this for a while now. I had the blood test and that confirmed my diagnosis. I know I got it from one of my partners since I always have engaged in lots of oral sex though out the years, although, I have never had any kind of oral herpes. If my partner already has oral HSV-1 is it possible to give him genital HSV-1? How common is getting HSV-1?
Unless you had a swab/culture of genital symptoms would you know definitively that you have genital HSV1. A positive blood test only tells you you have it, not where you have it (yes, even without oral symptoms).
If your partner already have HSV1, then there are really no worries. Just avoid genital contact (including oral sex) if either of you are symptomatic.
The next time you have genital (or potentially oral) symptoms, be seen promptly for a swab/culture to verify it's actually herpes.
Thank you, I am pretty sure that I do have it genitally. I have occasional outbreaks that feel ichy and burning at one part on the external part of my genitals although it's always in that one spot and pretty small.
Tons of things. Basically even the most experienced doctors cannot correctly identify herpes 100% of the time by sight alone. A blood test that shows a positive HSV1 result does in in no way definitely mean you have genital herpes.
The next time you get one of these "outbreaks" see a doctor IMMEDIATELY for a swab culture.
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