Re: where did I get infected?
I can only answer a few of your questions, not sure if you can get it from an animal scratch but my very first outbreak started out looking as though I had scratched myself and then progressed into a full-blown thing, so that may be what you actually experienced. For most people your initial outbreak is the worst one you'll experience and over time symptoms ease up for the majority of herpes sufferers so you very well may not notice you have outbreaks depending on how long you have had it. Also has your wife been tested? She may also have it and just not be showing any signs of the disease, herpes is a very weird disease like that. To me it's like flipping a coin she may or may not get it regardless of if your having an outbreak or not (it can spread when your not having an outbreak as well.) I hope I was able to help you a little bit.