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I have HSV1 orally and Genitally
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I have HSV1 orally and Genitally

I am a very healthy 39 y.o. woman (not immunocomprised or ill in anyway).  I have been with the same partner for 8 years.  We both have HSV1 orally.  A couple of years ago, I contracted HSV1 genitally from the same partner.  Yes, HSV1.  I have had myself tested several times since the first lesion (with very little recurrence since the first small outbreak) and it always comes back as HSV1. On this website it has been pointed out, that this cannot happen - this is completely false!! I was shocked to see that an "expert" here stated that this cannot happen. If you have oral herpes, and your partner does, you still need to be careful when each of you are having active "cold sores"!  You can get HSV1 orally and genitally, it happened to me.
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Thanks for pointing out that there are few absolutes in biology or medicine.  You were unlucky, but still your situation reflects an uncommon exception to the rule.  If you read my responses, you will see careful use of "immune or at least highly resistant" to a new infection with the same HSV type.  That it happened to one person is pretty much meaningless when providing general advice for most people.  My responses and advice on this forum won't change on account of your experience.

In any case, your history does confirm a more typical and very important aspect of genital herpes due to HSV-1:  Most people don't have frequent recurrences.  About 40% have no symptomatic recurrent oubreaks at all, and another 40-50% are just like you, with 1 or 2 recurrences in the next 1-2 years, then no more.

Thanks again.  Best wishes--  HHH, MD
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