Hi, thanks for your questions. It would be unusual to have had no contact with herpes after 60 years. You could simply be a person that does not get outbreaks. Its possible to have carried herpes, never get outbreaks or only get symptoms when certain conditions happen that we know bring out the herpes.g. friction from sex, being in sun, very stressed with loss of relationship, someone you love dying or your immune system stressed with being sick with another illness. This way it is not possible to be sure that your herpes outbreak was from the contact with your partner in November and it is not possible to be sure whether you or she had herpes before. Your decision to discuss what has been happening with your partner may help clear up some of these doubts. If she has had contact with you in November, blood testing for her now over 6 months later will reflect whether she was exposed to the HSV 2 that you have. This could be a way for you both to know if you have herpes type 2 and if so, there is no risk of transferring it between you as you both have it. For more information about herpes for you both please see https://smartsexresource.com/topics/herpes-simplex-virus-genital-herpes Please write in again if you have any further questions.
This answer was posted on August 14, 2018.
This answer was updated on February 7, 2022.