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Risk of passing oral herpes (hsv-1) to my penis?


I'm a 29 years old guy, i'm straight and I haven't had sexual intercourse with a woman for more than a year. In november of 2020 I had to do some medical tests for clinical reasons, including for hsv-2 and that test came back negative. However, I have oral herpes since I was like 10 years old. I know I asked this question before but since I usually masturbate myself once or twice daily, and I may be with a recurrence of oral herpes, I want to know if there is any risk of passing it accidentally to my penis. I usually always wash my hands before I masturbate but sometimes I use my fingers to check my teeth and I'm afraid I might have forgotten to wash them before. Is there any risk at all? I always freak out with this. Thanks! I appreciate any feedback
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207091 tn?1337709493
Once you have antibodies develop, infecting yourself in another location is very, very rare. Antibodies develop within 12 weeks of infection, so since you've had it since you were a child, you have protections against this ever happening.

This is called autoinoculation - infecting yourself, essentially - and it's very rare once your infection is established with antibodies.  
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So there is nothing to worry about? Even if I accidentally touch my penis after I touch my lips?
No, there isn't.

We answer these questions on a volunteer basis, and on our own time. There isn't any reason to keep posting the question when you're waiting for a response. I'll be the one to answer in STDs, and if you'd like confirmation of my response, you can google hsv1 autoinoculation.

I found this for you. Terri Warren is one of the world's leading experts in herpes.



Thank you. I've read his responses on the forums. So I think I can definitely forget this and move on, right?
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At this point, our members have fully answered your question.  We wish you well.

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