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Old 02-11-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Question Oral HSV-1 shedding through saliva.

I've been trying to search on the internet to find this but I haven't had any luck. How often will oral hsv-1 shed through saliva? I know that you can pass your cold sores onto someone else when you have a sore but how likely is it to pass it through your saliva with no sore?

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Old 02-11-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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Re: Oral HSV-1 shedding through saliva.

Anybody?.... lol

Old 02-11-2008, 04:08 PM   #3
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Re: Oral HSV-1 shedding through saliva.

Herpes spreads through skin-to-skin contact, not through body fluids. So kissing (even without tongue) can spread herpes. The chances of spreading HSV-1 without cold sores isn't as likely, especially because a lot of people already have the antibodies for HSV-1 because it's so common. But you can spread herpes without a cold sore when you are "shedding."

"The herpes virus makes its home in the nerve cells of an infected person. At times, the virus travels along the nerves up to the surface of the skin. This process is called "viral shedding," or just "shedding." During shedding, the virus can be passed on to others by direct skin-to-skin contact, especially from anal, oral, or vaginal sex. Sometimes shedding is accompanied by symptoms, such as the characteristic herpes blisters. But sometimes shedding occurs without any noticeable symptoms; this is referred to as "asymptomatic shedding."

Precisely because there aren't any obvious symptoms or sensations when a person is experiencing asymptomatic shedding, it's virtually impossible to tell when s/he is contagious. Consequently, the majority of herpes transmission — up to 70 percent — occurs during periods without any evident symptoms, when intimate or sexual contact may be more frequent. However, if herpes blisters are present, shedding is definitely taking place and precautions need to be taken, such as temporarily avoiding intimate or sexual contact with others, to prevent spreading the virus."

Old 02-11-2008, 04:16 PM   #4
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Re: Oral HSV-1 shedding through saliva.

The reason I asked this question is because I have Oral Hsv-1 and gave oral sex to a guy a few days ago. I have only had ONE outbreak of coldsores on my mouth and that was 2 months ago. I did not have a cold sore when I gave this guy oral sex. I just didnt know how likely it would be to give it to him through my saliva... I thought the odds of doing that were pretty low but I just wanted other opinions

Old 02-12-2008, 04:50 AM   #5
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Re: Oral HSV-1 shedding through saliva.

The chances of a male contracting herpes is 4% per year, provided no sex during outbreaks.

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