Partner contracted HSV-1 in genitals, what do i do?

Patient

Q: What are the implications of being with a partner who has contracted HSV-1 in their genital region?

Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is a virus that commonly oral herpes outbreaks or 'cold sores'. This in fact can also infect the genital region causing genital herpes. It is important if you are engaging in sexual activity with someone who has genital herpes (either caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2), that you avoid sexual contact during times of outbreaks of herpetic genital warts. This will prevent the high risk of contracting this virus. During times when the virus is dormant, and there are no active lesions, you can engage in sexual activity with very low risk of contracting the virus. For added safety, you can use barrier protection such as condoms, which will decrease the risk of contracting the HSV-1/2 virus.

Thank you for choosing AskTheDoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: I had unprotected oral and protected vaginal sex with a sex worker. I had unprotected vaginal sex with my wife ( who...

Q: Hi, I have a friend who is claiming that she received a series of infections after we (accidentally) had unprotected ...

Q: I have blisters on the shaft of my penis? I have had a sti check after the last time I had sex and I had chalmidea bu...

Q: Was having testicul pain and frequent urination, went to urgent care the took a "clean catch" urine sample...

Q: The guy I started dating had hpv genital warts in 2011 and had them burnt off my a doctor. He hasn't seen any warts ...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews