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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I was just with a man last night (kissing, oral sex giving and getting) who: tested postive on a blood test for HSV-2, but has never had an outbreak. AND who also has HSV-1 oral and 3 days ago just finished an outbreak. question: Do I need to worry? Is it ok to kiss someone else? To have oral sex with another partner?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   yes do you see my ques?
Doctor :   yes, i read it
User :   what do you suggest?
Doctor :   Does the man had lesions in his oral cavity or the genitals ?
User :   oral
Doctor :   can you explain them to me ?
User :   He didn't have them PRESENT when i was with him
User :   he claims his outbreak ENDED 3 days BEFORE we were together
Doctor :   ok, then you are at risk of developing a infection , but not infective now
Doctor :   you may not be transferring the infection now
User :   I AM at risk?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   how?
Doctor :   the virus remains in the nerve endings of the infected mucosa ( for more than a week after the lesions have gone down )
Doctor :   hence can transmit the infection even for a week after the lesions are completely gone
User :   but i heard it is unlikely
Doctor :   you are at risk , but you developing an infection is still 25 to 30 % chances
User :   so what should I do?
Doctor :   there are no medications to reduce the infection , but you can try to prevent them by washing your mouth with CHLORHEXIDINE this solution can help to some extent
User :   so is it ok to kiss someone else to get intimate with someone else?
User :   when can i test to see if i got it?
Doctor :   yes, but once you develop lesions only
Doctor :   it needs a minimum of a week to get results on test
User :   so its ok to get intimate with someone else to kiss someone else?
User :   I don't want to give someone else (IF I am infected) from oral sex
Doctor :   yes,
User :   OR should I just get a test next week?
User :   and hold off?
Doctor :   i would consider safe , when you get tested next week and then engage in a relationship
Doctor :   yes,
User :   so hold off is the best advice?
User :   get tested next week?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   there's nothing that can be tested sooner?
Doctor :   no, the antibodies are produced in required amounts only after a week so
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