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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:55 pm 

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Hi Ally,

This is a re-post from LGBT as it shuld have originated here. Just checking that I have my facts correct. My new friend and I are both getting blood tests to verify and in her case determine HSV status. If, as I believe is true, that I have HSV2 (only) and she has no STIs, this is what I understand about sex and protection against transmission:

She can safely receive oral sex from me (the HSV2 partner) as long as I don't have HSV1

If I were to receive oral sex from her I would be at risk of transmitting HSV2 to her through her oral mucosa.

I read in the NY times that the possible body area for transmssion is the area covered by a pair of boxer shorts. So even if I am on 500mg daily suppressive therapy Valtrex, there is a posibility that I could transmit to her skin to skin through microscopic lesions. This is the extremely upsetting part to me. But does that mean she cannot touch me without a latex glove in those non-genital, boxer-short areas? thanks -


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:00 pm 

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I should add I was exposed in 1988,only been in one relationship since then, diagnosed through culture (I am pretty sure), and my obs have always responded pretty well to Valterx. I interpreted what info I read to mean that by my age, 54, the outbreaks would be few. But they do occur at least 6 times a year.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:14 pm 

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Unfortunately we don't have info on same sex transmission :(

If you are having 6 recurrences a year, perhaps you'd be better served by taking daily suppressive therapy? It reduces ob's so that there are less disruptions to your sex life in general as well as it reduces transmission to a partner.

your partner can contract hsv2 orally though overall the risk is fairly low. Protected oral sex would reduce the risk as well as daily suppressive therapy reduces the risk also since there is less shedding of the virus overall.

no, you are not contagious from the entire boxer short area. You can have ob's anywhere in the entire boxer short area but the skin on the non-mucosal skin in those areas isn't contagious without an obvious lesion present. when you think of shedding without obvious lesions present, think the soft pink tender skin in our anal and genital area.

keep asking questions! thank you for re-posting here in herpes too :)

betsy

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