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If both people have HSV Type 2, can we spread it to other areas on each other?

  • If we have oral sex, do we have to worry about infecting our mouths? What about kissing your partner after oral sex?

    Asked by Anonymous in Herpes Apr 27, 2018
  • Posted on May 09, 2018


    STDcounselor

    HSV-2 is typically genital herpes. The virus is spread by coming in direct contact with an infected area. If a partner has genital HSV-2 the virus cou... For detail, click here

  • Posted on Apr 29, 2018


    Anonymous

    You can get exposure, and thus symptoms, of either hsv1 or hsv2 anywhere on your body. However, getting hsv2 outside of the genital area (and hsv1 outside of the oro facial area) will usually result in milder symptoms than infection in their "preferred" areas. You may only get one or two outbreaks with symptoms in an out if site infection. You will always shed from those sites of exposure, though, since the virus sets up in the nerves at the site of exposure. Keep in mind that since you both have hsv2 already that you are only transmissible to each other when you are having an outbreak. Asymptomatic shedding is only partial virus DNA and your already formed antibodies will not give them enough time to replicate into full strands. Additionally, exposure to asymptomatic shedding can help you build a healthy store of antibodies that can help to shut down outbreaks when the virus comes out of latency.

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