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I recently contracted genital hsv-i through oral sex from my long term partner. I have never had a cold sore before. She has recurring cold sores.
1) Can I give her genital hsv-1?
2) Can I still contract oral hsv-1 from her?
3) Do I have 'genital herpes' and am a risk to other sexual partners?
4) Can I give MYSELF oral hsv-1?
5) Am i contagious orally at all? (Ca a comfortably kiss my daughter without worries of infecting her)
your partner has significant protection against contracting hsv1 genitally from you. Err on the side of caution and avoid sex any time you have anything going on genitally but overall it's very unlikely your partner will contract hsv1 genitally from you.
unless you get obvious cold sores, no way to know if you also contracted hsv1 orally or not. what little info on this we have showed that anywhere from 1/4 - 2/3's of folks who contracted hsv1 genitally, also had it orally. Most folks who have oral hsv1, don't get obvious cold sores to know it. Since you were also kissing ( I assume ) around the time that you contracted hsv1 genitally, you could've contracted it orally also. In this relationship, it doesn't matter anyways since your partner has it orally. overall, no reason to think that from this point forward, if you kissed your partner when she had a cold sore that you'd then start getting cold sores.
no, you won't give yourself hsv1 orally, no matter how flexible you are. having it in one location gives you significant protection against contracting it on other body parts.
if your daughter is of school age or older, the social type kisses we give to family usually are not an issue. It's usually more romantic type kisses once your immune system is fully developed. http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_learn_oralherpes.cfm has terrific info on oral herpes for more info on that part.
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