o and i'm 22 now almost 23 and so i've been getting cold sores 12, close to 13 years now! if that imformation even helps
you don't have to worry about transmitting your well established hsv1 oral infection to other body parts. if you have an obvious cold sore and pick at it ( who can leave their hands off of them? ), just wash your hands or squirt some hand sanitizer on them. really nothing else you have to worry about.
if you have a partner with hsv1 orally, err on the side of caution and if they have obvious cold sores, they shouldn't perform oral on you when they have one ( and vice versa for you ). what is normal bacteria in the genital area, isn't always so normal in an open sore on the mouth as well as it's best not to tempt fate and expose your genital area to active herpes virus needlessly. also the "trauma" of performing oral with an active cold sore can delay how long it takes it to heal.
do you use herpes antivirals at all for speeding the healing of cold sores? You can even take them when you know you are going to be on vacation and in the sun a lot to try to ward off a full blown cold sore too. for instance say you have a vacation at the beach planned for july, you could start suppressive therapy and take it for that week to help keep odds in your favor of avoiding one. same as if you get a cold, take a round of antivirals in the cold sore doses to help ward off getting one then too :)
I was hoping you were going to answer my question because from what i read you know your stuff(: I'm kinda confused on what your trying to explain to me in the secon paragraph.... I am always concious of not performing oral sex on someone with a cold sore... in fact i've never done that. I stated i had a boyfriend who would kiss me then perform oral sex on me. Also I'm not sure if i wash my hands or not but i didn't pick at my cold sore and then pop my ingrown hair. I just touched it and it was a scab and a little later seen an ingrown hair and irritated it by trying to pop it. Also i was taking one anti viral a day because i had been sick so would this give me protection furthermore? Am i at any risk of auto inoculation in this situation? And i heard the virus does not live well outside the body.. sorry i'm just trying to cover the basis here.. Thanks grace!
Okay sorry grace i re read my first post and then read your second part and i understand where i got confused ....It said he would kiss me and give me oral sex with cold sores. I meant to say i had a cold sore and he would kiss me, and sometimes after he kissed me would perform oral sex on me... He never got cold sores but since we would make out constantly i'm pretty sure i exposed him to the virus more than once or twice. I was fifteen and very un educated about that kind of stuff.
no, his kissing you and then performing oral on you would not be a risk for you either.
any current partners should be tested for herpes to know their status too. you can't make educated decisions about what precautions to take for sex/oral sex until you know who has what. have you been tested for hsv2 too to know your hsv2 status?
like i have been tested for hsv 2 alot in the last year. And in january was the last time i got tested for it. The reason why i got re tested even though i knew i didn't have it was because i was entering a sexual relationship with an old boyfriend... but you'll be proud i did the smart thing and i told him before we had sex we both need to be tested and we tested negative for everything besides my hsv1, which by the way i do not kiss him or give him oral sex with obvious cold sores. That is a given!! thanks for claifying you can't auto inoculate yourself or at least with an oral infection. some doctors have told me that it's extremly possible expecially with a cold sore present. Can i ask why so many health care professionals aren't very educated on auto inoculation? it's kindove frustrating because they give you so much mis leading advice about it and so then your anxiety goes out the roof!
Also i went to my doctor today and asked her the exact same question as i asked you and she replied it is very possible for it to be transfered from your lip to you genitals if you don't wash your hands. She said she's even said she's seen cases of it in her office, so i was pretty upset at the fact either she's not educated or didn't understand what i was asking her. But my main point is so many doctors and other people think it's possible.
unfortunately most providers get about a half hour tops of education about herpes in med school. most of that is for treating it, not with how do you tell a patient how to live with it :(
I think your provider just doesn't bother with testing patients and if they ask if they transmitted their oral herpes to their genitals, she says yes. even if you never, ever wash your hands, you aren't going to transmit your oral herpes to your genital area. if it was that easy to do - many of us would have done it before we entered kindergarten! 1 out of every 3 of us has hsv1 orally as infants/toddlers. think of how that age group has their fingers in their drooly mouths and then down their diapers/underpants all the time. their fingers are in their noses, ears, down their pants, in your mouth, up your nose....
plenty of posts about autoinnoculation on the herpes expert and std expert parts of medhelp too. You can search through their forums to confirm what I've told you.
Thanks grace(: your such a sweetheart and you've been so informative and nice, I appreciate it. One last thing what did you mean by " they probably don't want to test their patients?"
many providers are still misinformed about genital herpes and the need for testing so they just visually diagnose herpes without doing lesion cultures and typing and follow up blood testing :( visual diagnosis is wrong a decent percentage of the time plus since you can have either type genitally, typing is equally important too.
Ya, I inderstand that. Its so frustrating... My friend got wrongfully diagnosed. And believed she had it for six years and then she found it she didn't. I felt so bad for her. I've already been tested for type two. I haven't slept with anyone new and my partner tested negative two and both if us haven't been with anyone else for nine months to a year.