HSV 1 in genitals and mouth?
Hi there, I have been positive for HSV-1 genitally for about 6 years now. My initial outbreak wasn't extremely severe, just a few ulcerations on my vagina. I had a few recurrent outbreaks but have been outbreak free for about a year now. But this past Friday I ended up with two cold sores on my lips. I am assuming that these are also HSV-1 since I have not had contact(knowingly) with anyone who is infected with HSV-2.
I am confused though as I have never had cold sores before. I have though had canker sores in my mouth. I might mention that I do have a cold right now, swollen lymphnodes, just got my period and am pretty run down. I have also been off of birth control for three months after being on it for 6 years. Could you provide some insight as to how or why this is happening? Thanks!Thank you for sharing your story with our community and submitting your question about HSV-1 and cold sores.
Transmitting the virus can only happen by skin-to-skin contact. So if you're experiencing cold sores on your lips then you have at some point in time have been exposed to the virus in your facial area. Most likely through the mucous membranes in your mouth or lips. HSV (1 or 2) will not travel far from the place that it was introduced into your body. This simply means that if you have HSV-1 in your genital area then you'll most likely only have outbreaks in your genital area. The same rule of thumb applies to HSV-2 either in the genital area or the facial area.
So, I'll bet that at some point you were also kissed or had oral sex with someone who was actively transmitting the virus. Possibly through viral shedding or through an open sore that was barely noticeable.
I hope I've cleared up things a bit for you.
Wishing you success and happiness