if you have a cold sore, you aren't likely to contract hsv1 genitally later on.
most folks who contract hsv1 genitally have very obvious genital symptoms because it means they didn't have any previous hsv virus in their body to take the "edge" off of infection. the vast majority of people who contract hsv1 genitally are going to know it.
What you're saying confirms what I've read and heard from Planned Parenthood but I guess I'm still a bit confused. Here is why: I thought that 20% of people with HSV are carriers or something like that. If that's true wouldn't it just be that 20% number for the number of people who have genital HSV1 but don't know it? (I am referring to people who would have just gotten HSV for the first time).
I have genital HSV-1, and I DEFINITELY knew it. I had extremely painful blisters. It was so painful I could not urinate without it feeling like I was passing daggers, same with having a bowel movement. The initial outbreak lasted 2 weeks. I was on acyclovir the whole time and nothing alleviated the pain. There were large craters in my skin with pus. I also had pain going down my leg. I think that was when the virus attacked the neuron. If you read up about herpes, the virus will travel to the neuron and lay dormant there. BUT - after the initial outbreak, I had nothing. The blisters healed without any scars, and it looks like nothing had ever happened. Since then, I have never had any outbreaks, to my knowledge. I got this almost 4 years ago. I am a 33 year old female. Just wanted to share what my symptoms looked and felt like, so you'll know how noticeable it was. This was not something I could have ignored. I was incapacitated for 2 weeks.
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