If your partner develops symptoms, of course, then ask your partner to consult a dermatologist or urologist for a viral culture of one of the lesions for herpes simplex virus. Work is in progress on vaccines for both genital herpes and HPV, but they are a few years off.
The drug companies release occasional updates on the progress they are making, but a “cure” is not around the corner, unfortunately. Org Board member Terri Warren is deeply involved in clinical studies and research.
Standard office blood work may not be type specific and thus would not be the best information.
If it is, in fact, herpes simplex type 2 that causes your infection, then my suggestion is that you ask your partner to have the POCkit blood test for type 2 herpes simplex performed in the physician’s office.
Remember that herpes CAN be transmitted even when the infected partner is not having symptoms. I would suggest that you start the process by locating your previous medical records to find out what type of herpes it is that you have in your genital tract. In some countries, type 1 herpes simplex causes herpes in as much as thirty percent of cases.
The best information to have would be a previous viral culture that revealed what type virus that causes your infection.
There are many cases where one person has herpes and never gives it to the intimate partner even though they are having regular unprotected sex – there are also many cases where herpes was transmitted during the first sexual encounter when there was not an outbreak in progress.
On the other hand, if the finger that had touched the blister fluid was then used to scratch an itch on the eyelid before being washed with soap and water, for example, the infection could, in fact, be transmitted to the eyelid, and possibly into the eye, if the person scratched hard enough to create a tiny, microscopic tear in the skin.
The chlorine that is in pools, hot tubs, and shower water kills virus. One can find occasional reports of people who claim that they have contracted herpes from a hot tub. Cases of facial herpes have been reported to have been transmitted during rugby playing, presumably because of an infected player transmitting it to other players.
At a time when they have an active infection on the genitalia, if they were to sit on a toilet seat that is used by others, it would be common courtesy to clean the toilet seat after use with either alcohol or soap and water on a clean cloth and then set the cloth aside to be laundered in a hot wash. One is the issue of transmitting herpes to the baby if the mother is having an outbreak during the birth.
Doctors are very used to dealing with this situation, as long as they know about it.