Hsv-1 In The Genitals?

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Hsv-1 In The Genitals?

My former partner has HSV-1, but he doesn't have any sores or blisters in his mouth or genitals. Now my doctor has diagnosed me with HSV-1 in my genitals. Is this possible?

Answer

Some statistics suggest that as much as 90% of the population has HSV-1 and that 50% of new cases of genital herpes are due to HSV-1 infection. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause the sores associated with herpes outbreaks, but most people with HSV-1 do not have outbreaks at all. In fact, experts such as Dr. Jen Gunter say that 70% of herpes transmission cases occur when someone is shedding the virus but not showing any visible signs of an outbreak. So it is entirely possible for you to have contracted HSV-1 in your genital area from a former partner without him ever showing signs of having herpes.

On the bright side, experts also say that HSV-1 outbreaks in the genital area tend to be less severe than HSV-2, since HSV-1 infections are typically "above the belt" and the virus not thrive as well in the genital area.

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