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Thursday, December 11, 2008 ash21love, Community Member, asks

Q: I have HSV-1 orally, can I get HSV 2 on my genitals?

I got HSV-1 (orally) when i was younger, not from sex or anything. I never had problems with it, but then 8 years later, My partner got Genital Herpes from me performing oral sex..I am wondering if I can still get HSV-2 (genital)...? (I know I have built up antibodies to HSV-1..) just wondering about number 2....

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healthgal, Health Pro
12/11/08 7:06pm

Yes you can get HSV2 and in fact you may be at slightly higher risk for getting it if you are exposed to someone who has it by having oral or traditional sex.  Your partner can  also increase your current HSV1 viral load if you are having unprotected sex.

sciengr, Community Member
1/ 9/09 12:07pm
Healthgal, Your answer is in conflict with the majority of responses to this type of question. Most replies to this question indicate that HSV1 provides some level of protection against HSV2 not an increased risk of infection. Could you provide your source of data indicating increased risk. Thanks, Sciengr Reply
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By ash21love, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 12/11/08