Afraid I have Herpes

Dear Dr. Tom:

Hi, my name is Danny. I’m afraid that
my partner has spread herpes to me because we had unprotected sex.
She told me that she has 1st. degree herpes and it can only be spread
if I had oral sex with her, but she performed oral sex on me. I’m afraid
I might be affected in the near future how long does it take for this
disease to become activated. I’m very well concerned!

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Danny:

Your message seems a bit unclear. Your
partner has herpes, seemingly she has ?1st degree?, that means most
likely herpes type 1. It seems as though you were having oral sex,
rather than penetration. In either case, you used no condom.

OK, you wish to determine if you acquired
herpes infection by performing oral sex , which is referred to as cunnilingus,
upon the woman. If she has herpes type 1, then she may not have transmitted
herpes to her genital area, so if only she has HSV-1 orally, you may
not have contracted herpes this time. However??? On the other hand,
if she performed, what is called fellatio, upon the male organ, and
she has HSV-1 orally, she may have infected you in that way.

If what we seem to have determined is that
you may have acquired herpes type 1 from your partner, HSV-1 can occur
within a few days, perhaps 2-4 days. We know of another case when the
lesions began symptoms within hours; however, this is rare. Perhaps
the itching, aching, flu symptoms, sometimes sores and bumps can subside
within 7- 10 days. In some situations, symptoms may remain as long
as up to 20-30 days, again, rarely. Herpes-1 is the lesser uncomfortable
and virulence type. Many times, those who break-out with HSV-1 infections
may experience recurrences infrequently, maybe only once a year or
so. Some family doctors tend to slough HSV-1 infections to indifference.
It is quite a bit different to the poor patient who is the sufferer.


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