How concerned should I be about spreading oral herpes? - BASHH

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How concerned should I be about spreading oral herpes?

Problem2000
Problem2000

I’ve had oral herpes since I was about 13 and only recently found out that even when there is no outbreak or symptoms, there is still a risk you can pass on herpes.

This has led me to become almost phobic of touching my own lips in case I spread it to myself genitally and I’m particularly scared of passing it on to a partner.

I’ve stopped oral sex completely which is a loss for me and I feel I’ll always have to worry about kissing too.

I was just wondering if others who suffer from oral but not genital herpes restrict themselves like this or whether I should stop worrying as much as I am?

I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this but loads of people have oral herpes and continue to give oral sex etc so I’m confused and could do with some reassurance.

Thanks in advance for the help :)

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Its extremely unlikely you would pass it to your own genital area - you will have antibodies to the herpes virus from your previous mouth lesions, so your immune system would react to the virus instantly at another site.

If you get recurrences of oral HSV - yes there is a small chance of asymptomatic transmission. Sometimes people who have never ever had a visible ulcer can asymptomatically transmit to a partner either orally or through penetrative sex. It is low though . The chance of transmission through unprotected vaginal sex for instance without the presence of any active lesions is estimated to be 5% per year.

Remember by the age of 50, 1 in 2 of us have HSV antibodies. So its super common. You are in the 10% that get symptoms.

There isn't an easy answer on this I'm afraid. I would read up on the HVA website : herpes.org.uk/ it offers excellent advice.

Problem2000
Problem2000 in reply to Galen70

Thank you so much for your reply, yeah I wish there was just a way to turn it off or cure it hahah.

Your message has helped reassure me though thank you, I’ll look into it further.

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to Problem2000

Yes it would be great if there was a cure or a vaccine - alas many attempts have failed. However there is excellent drug therapy in the form of acyclovir or similar antiviral medicines. There are no preventative therapies however ( apart from taking daily acyclovir , or possibly the lemon tree extract balm mentioned on the HVA website ) . There is a lot of inaccurate information about the herpes virus on the Net, so stick to proper sources.

Problem2000
Problem2000 in reply to Galen70

Yeah I’ve noticed that, a lot of people and sources contradict each other and there’s not an awful lot of statistics either which doesn’t help.

Hopefully one day they’ll find a solution but for now it’s just a case of managing, thanks for your advice and time.

Galen70
Galen70 in reply to Problem2000

most welcome. The advice on HVA is correct.

Yes, I don't think you should be too worried, it would be too hard to pass it

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