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Partner with herpes different from mine


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Hello everyone! I met someone who has herpes recently and had a question. I haven't read anything like it around here. But if, for example, I have Ghsv1 and my partner Ghsv2, Can we get each other's virus? Can we get both viruses in the genital At the same time? If yes, would that increase our number of outbreaks?


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It's so wonderful you met someone! This is a great question! 

You both can contract each other's strain of HSV. It is unlikely you would contract the other's HSV in the genital region, but it is possible. Typically, people with both strains of HSV have the different strains in different regions of the body, such as one in the oral region and one in the genital region. 

I am not sure about the outbreak rates for people who have both strains in the genital region. I would imagine that having both strains in the same region may increase outbreak likelihood since the lower nerve bundle/ganglia is being impacted by both viruses strains, but I am unsure. I can ask University of Washington Virology Division about this, too! 

Is your partner symptomatic or asymptomatic? Do they take preventative antivirals? Do they have frequent outbreaks? Thinking about these questions and answers can help you evaluate safety and precautions to take. 

Stay well! Blessings! 🕊️🌟✌️

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He is symptomatic.  I'm not sure about the difference between our bloodlines, but I want to be sure of the possibilities.  I figured I could get the other virus through oral sex.  But I really wanted to know if it's possible and how likely is it to get Ghsv1 or Ghsv2 just with vaginal/anal sex from a partner with a different virus than mine.  You understand?  If I already have Ghsv1 (an example) and my partner Ghsv2, will I get Ghsv2 from him genitally and get the 2 viruses on my genitals?

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