fivecentsfirst (fivecentsfirst) wrote in vaginapagina,
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Sex with someone with HSV-1...

So my boyfriend has recently been undergoing some very stressful times. A few days ago, he started feeling sick and noticed a red bump on his lip, which began to flake slightly. Went to the doctor, she confirmed as a cold sore, prescribed two doses of Valtrex and sent us on our way.

He took the drugs, has been using Abreva as well as drinking lots of fluids. We have been trying to keep physical contact to a minimum, NO KISSING, and tonnes of hand washing. It's BARELY visible anymore (just a small, small red mark that can only be seen with a magnifying glass).

My question is this: I struggle with anxiety, and so have been very worried about catching a cold sore (or worse in my mind, genital herpes) from him. I've tried googling how long they're contagious for, but most sites just say that essentially they're always contagious (although MOST contagious when there's an outbreak).

And yes, I know that the virus that causes genital herpes is TYPICALLY HSV-2 and not HSV-1, but I also know that there's a possibility of HSV-1 showing up on the genitals, which is what worries me.

But if that's the case, why doesn't everyone on the planet have genital herpes or cold sores? And will I ever be able to kiss my boyfriend again, or have oral sex with him, without worrying about getting it myself?

I realize cold sores really aren't all that bad and that they're super common, but herpes has always been one of my anxiety "triggers," for lack of a better word, so needless to say I am finding this quite stressful.

Help me please! Does my SO need to be on Valtrex forever? Can he go down on me after this thing is gone? And how long should we wait to kiss again? :(

Any help is much appreciated!

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