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HSV confusion
An_248418 posted:
I have read conflicting information from many different sources including my doctor and want a straight answer.

I was diagnosed with HSV after a doctor examined sores in my genital area. She didn't know if it was type 1 or 2, but made it clear that it was "a life-long debilitation" and seemed to want to scare me. I did a lot of reading and from what I read this is one of the least serious STDs so I told her I thought it was a "first world problem" regardless of the type. She was unprofessional and offended that I disagreed with her.

I went to another doctor who ordered a lab work-up and came back as type 1. He told me that I would get outbreaks around my lips. After I told him where I contracted it he looked a little confused, and said it would still appear on my face. I read somewhere (and also from the first doctor) that it would only reappear in the original spot unless it spreads during an outbreak.

WebMD says it is contagious regardless of symptoms, but I read elsewhere that you can only spread it during an outbreak (sometimes right before and a little afterwards). I read many personal stories of couples who have been together for years and the partner has not contracted it (especially on treatment medication).

It's kinda weird that at least 1 of the doctors gave me false information. I thought they were usually on top of their information.

Q1: Will the outbreaks stay where I originally contracted it even though it is type 1?
Q2: Can I spread this even if I have no signs of outbreak?

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