Re: How common is type 2 herpes orally?
I tell you I agree with you. According to the stats they say that only 3% of cases turn up to be oral HSV2 and it's rare ... yada yada. But if you think about it... you have sex ... vaginal and oral with the same partner probably at the same time. If that partner was infected with herpes you potentially just got it in both places. And in the first few months, autoinoculation can occur where you spread it to other parts of your body because you have not buillt up the antibodies to defend yourself yet. The mouth is very must like the vaginal canal. Soft and moist and tender. So it seems totally possible. If you can get genital HSV1 from oral sex (and many on this board have that), it seems just as easy to get oral HSV2. But the studies (somewhere I have saved them as reference) say rare.
But my situation was similar to yours. Mostly oral sex with my partner. Everytime I would get these horrendous sore throats, lesions on the tongue, top of the mouth and back of the throat on the uvula. I had numerous strep tests etc. All negative. Also none of my symptoms were on the outside of the mouth, only inside. I finally had a swab test done even tho the doctor did not think it was oral type 2 which came back negative but it was a week before they could get me in to do it so it could have been a false negative.
I believe part of it is if you go to the doctor, most will diagnose you just based upon a visual inspection and proclaim oral type 1 without further testing. To really find out, the next time you have an obvious outbreak get a swab test done asap. If it turns up type 2 then you have your answer.
Thankfully, I have never had anything like that again orally.
HSV-2 positive. Found out 9-27-07. Flu-like symptom 6-7-07.
Year one outbreaks Sep Oct Nov Dec Apr Jun. Ugh.
Year two outbreaks Dec Apr/May
Last edited by Truthseek; 06-02-2009 at 04:32 AM.