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Risk of passing HSV-1 to my penis?

I'm a 29 year old male and I have hsv-1 (oral herpes) since I was at least 10 years old. I don't have genital herpes 'cause I've done an herpes test at a lab in december and it came back negative and also because I haven't had sex in over a year, so that option is off the table. However, and because I'm a hypocondriac, the following happened: I may be with a recurrence of oral herpes and this morning I opened my mouth with my fingers to check something on my gum/teeth. I'm not sure if I washed my hands afterwards. About 30 minutes later I went to the bathroom to urinate and I touched my penis. Is there any risk of passing my oral herpes to my genitals? Maybe this is a stupid question but I'd get very anxious if I didn't ask it.

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You have antibodies for hsv1 that protect you from infecting yourself in another location- it's called autoinoculation when you do that. Antibodies develop within a few months after infection (usually much sooner). Since you've had it for so long, I wouldn't worry about this at all.

Also, a decent amount of time had passed between you touching your mouth to you touching your penis. By that time, any virus that may have been on your hand would have been exposed to air and movement and died.

You have nothing to worry about here. :)
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Thank you for your reply! So no risk at all? Can I move on with this?
None at all. You can move on. :)
So there's no way I can pass my oral herpes to my penis? Specially if I'm not having a recurrence
Correct. You have antibodies that protect you from getting it in another location.
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