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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:51 pm 

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My girlfriend and I both recently tested positive for HSV2. Neither of us have had a visible outbreak, at least that we were aware of. I'm confused about the risks going forward. Since we haven't had an outbreak, we don't know "where" the virus is. Can we spread it to more locations -- genitals, anus, mouth, etc?

I imagine its a good idea to abstain from sex if/when either of us has an outbreak, but when we're both feeling fine do we run risks (related to herpes) when:
- engaging in oral sex
- having intercourse without a condom
- kissing passionately

I guess the question boils down to: if we both have the virus already, can we make it worse by touching one another?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:56 pm 

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This isn't an issue for the two of you for the most part. odds are your hsv2 is genital. Just don't perform oral on any active genital symptoms and that's about the only precaution to take. You won't make it "worse" for each other.

do you recall the numeric blood test results for you both?

betsy

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:40 pm 

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Thanks Betsy. I don't recall the numeric results and I'm not sure we were even told them. What could they indicate?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:31 pm 

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There are false positive issues with some of the tests so if you were diagnosed through blood tests and never had any genital symptoms, confirming your status is worthwhile sometimes. the numeric values of the tests helps me to determine if you would benefit from confirmatory testing or not.

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