Herpetic Whitlow Transmission and risks
April 27, 2012 8:41 AM Subscribe
Considering dating / having sex with someone with Herpetic Whitlow (HSV-2 type) and have questions about transmission risks.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (6 answers total)
A potential partner I have just met has disclosed to me that she has Herpetic Whitlow caused by HSV-2 and I have a variety of questions. I think if I were monogamous, I'd be okay accepting the potential risks, but I have other partners and I have to consider their health and disclose information to them, as well.
She contracted the condition while working in the dental field and was not aware of it for some time. She did have a subsequent partner, months later, who had HSV-2 in the genital region. She has never had a genital or oral outbreak. How likely is it that she would have asymptomatic shedding in those regions? What are the transmissions rates of herpetic whitlow and how is it spread? Does it sometimes shed asymptomatically from the hands, as HSV can in other regions, or does the fact that it's not a mucus membrane make that less likely / not a factor?