Would you be less likely to date someone who carries the HSV-1 virus and has out breaks orally? Knowing that there are risks of spreading the virus through kissing and oral sex.
I get cold sores. About 2-3 a year. Usually brought on by stress, food allergies, high acidic foods, and when my immune system is down. I avoid kissing and wash my hands frequently, because I have such a high paranoia that I could give it to someone.
I've read that it's less likely to spread the virus if there is no sore present on the mouth, (way less likely to spread than HSV-2), but there are still risks. I fear that no guy is going to want to date me in fear of contracting HSV-1 orally or genitally. Which I couldn't really blame him for. What do I do?
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About 70-75% of the American carry the HSV-1 virus. Though, I've never had a cold sore my ex-wife would occationally get a small one. So, I'm sure I carry the virus. Around 20-25% of Americans carry the HSV-2 virus. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are almost identical and both can manifest on any of the body's mucosal surfaces, usually the mouth or genitals.
The primary difference between the two viral types is in where they typically establish latency in the body- their "site of preference." HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area.
Stop being paranoid! 3 out of every 4 (a pretty conservative estimate in my opinion) people carry the HSV-1 virus; so, it's likely you're not going to infect someone who's not already infected. I don't think anyone is going to fear your cold sores, if they do just move on. Most people know better.