Its quite possible to have given yourself herpetic whitlow, which is herpes on the finger. You could have done this during your primary, or at a later date if your finger came into contact with an active sore and you had a cut on your finger. Its not impossible to transfer it later, but it is far less likely. However, if your cut finger came into contact with an active sore, there would be enough virus present to infect the finger, and your antibodies would have a harder time fighting that new infection location.
Have you ever considered trying suppressive therapy for the oral infection? We don't have a lot of studies on hsv1 and suppression, but it couldn't hurt to try it.
An itchy bottom can be from hemorrhoids or a fungal infection, and without an exam, you can't be sure what you have going on.
Really, I thought that doctors in Dr. forums has said numerous times that if you are infected with HSV-1, you are immune to another HSV-1 infection, or the chance is so low that it is considered close to 0. What do you think about that? Agree or disagree?
Also, what is odd, is that after my lip flared up, my butt and anus and groin area has been itching and tingling. When I not have a flare-up on my lip, it was calm and ok. Could it be that I have HSV-1 down there, but just can't see a sore and virus is slightly manifesting. Could it be just anxiety...?
I'd say its close to zero, but possible.
It could be anxiety, hsv1, hemorrhoids - all kinds of things. I wouldn't worry unless you get an actual sore there.
Ok, my last question would be this then. I have HSV-1 on my lip and I know it. I tell my partners that I have a cold sore, in case they are not infected and I don't want to be going down on them and infected them (not that I would perform oral sex during an outbreak).
However, how the heck can I know if I have HSV-1 genital?
My biggest fear is infecting someone and then deal with the consequences, not knowing myself. What do I do about it?
The only way to know is to get symptoms cultured or PCR swabbed. You can read more about that in our herpes forum or at www.westoverheights.com
What doctor type could do this swab for me?