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Diagnosed about a week ago

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I was diagnosed With HSV1 about a week ago with an iGg type specific ab test. I had what I suspected was a groin rash that was a little sore to the touch (no painful blisters, at least not noticeable) and symptoms associated with a different STI for a few weeks prior to having a full sti screening done and it came back positive for HSV1 antibodies. The individual that I suspect I got it from (probably has no idea they have it) also gave me a peck on the lips. If I haven’t had any lesions or “cold sores” surface how do I know for sure where I’m infected? If I’ve got both how do I keep a future partner safe? I’m looking for some type of guidance, support, or information because there isn’t much in the google-sphere about HSV1 in the nether regions.

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Hi there and thanks for reaching out! The short answer is you won’t know until and if you have an active outbreak. But here are some things to consider ...

80-90% of the world has some form of HSV. And most of that is oral herpes (aka cold sores From HSV-1). So you’re part of a strong majority. 😉 It’s just more unnerving because you don’t know where the original site of infection was and therefore don’t know where you might be shedding from. So just share with your partners that you’re a carrier of HSV but you’ve never had an outbreak (around 20% of carriers never end up having an active outbreak). 

To keep future partner safe, awareness is key. That’s the first line of defense! It’s ignorance and denial that are the main spreaders of herpes. So if you are open with your partners and take daily suppressive therapy, that will cut viral shedding in half and will keep partners that much safer. And if you wear barrier protection (if you happen to have genital HSV-1) that will bring down the risk of sexual transmission by another 50%. Download the e-book & handouts for breakdowns of all the numbers: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/lp/ebook

Note: This is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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