According to Melissa King, a psychotherapist who runs a support group for women with herpes in New York City, when someone finds out they’ve gotten herpes from a partner, there’s often immediately an assumption that the partner knew that they had it and lied, or that they were cheating.
According to Johnston, genital HSV-1 is less likely to recur than HSV-2, and there’s less asymptomatic shedding (transmitting the virus without realizing it) with HSV-1 than with HSV-2.
Johnston explains that both are transmitted through close mucosal or skin contact with infected secretions.
HSV-1 primarily causes oral outbreaks, also known as cold sores, and HSV-2 usually causes genital outbreaks.
In fact, “atypical symptoms” are the reason that so many people don’t know they have herpes.
Their reality is nothing like the scary images that pop up when you Google image search the term.
“HSV-1 and HSV-2 are different but closely related viruses,” says Dr.