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1/21/13 - streaky open sore shows up on left inner thigh crease where groin meets leg, it was red on the inside with little slits, it looked like I had been "scratched". The sore leaked a small amount of clear fluid. Still had burning sensation, discomfort in groin, muscle aches in legs/groin, lower back ache, and fatigue. I went to two doctors, one diagnosed me with "jock itch", the other wasn't sure what it was. They both agreed it wasn't herpes given the atypical presentation. I also got two iGg blood tests for herpes taken and igm blood test taken for herpes that day. All tests show up as negative.
1/25/13 - symptoms have eased up rash has mostly healed over, it now resembles a close pink streak.
Does this sound like herpes? I have researched that an atypical herpes lesion could appear as a scratch or fissure. I have been in a relationship for 2 years and have not had any other sexual activities besides my girlfriend. She has historically had a very low number of sexual partners, I have had many more than her.
Given the fact that I have had 2 negative igg tests and 1 negative igm test, the only possible way I have it is if it was recently acquired, correct? My concern is that acquired it 2+ years ago before I started dating my GF and its only now flaring up - meaning that my body wouldn't have produced antibodies yet?
if you had acquired this 2 years ago, it would be reflected in your igg tests.
we don't recommend igm tests for herpes testing on adults.
has your gf been tested to know her status? it's not a part of routine std testing and it very well might be that neither of you were ever tested before now.
the first thing I thought of when reading your post was also that it was a fungal infection. cover your bases with your gf getting igg blood testing for herpes just to err on the side of caution. did you treat with an antifungal at all?
Thanks for such a swift response I am very grateful for your help/expertise.
I still have a couple questions/concerns:
1) Do you think this is herpes, these symptoms are eerily similar to herpes, are they not? What does your gut tell you? If there was another explanation I might be able to wrap my head around it, but I have found nothing besides herpes. Could a fungal infection actually cause the symptoms stated in my earlier post?
2) Could I be one of the 5% who always show up negative on a igg blood test? If I had acquired it 2+ years ago could my body have not created enough detectable antibodies since it hadn't been "attacked" until recently?
3) If it ends up being herpes would it have to come from my most recent partner? Or could it have been dormant? I ask this because I could deal with it if she gave it to me, but if I gave it to her I'd be crushed. The likelihood of me being the cause is much greater since I have had 20 partners, she has only had 4.
4) Would having a "breakout" during the time of blood testing influence my results at all?
I have been applying an antifungal cream to the area since 1/21 (9 days ago when i first saw the scratchy looking sore). It has mostly healed over but can still easily make out a pink streak. This is another concern because it makes me think that it follows the typical 10-14 day healing process of herpes.
Sorry for the boatload of questions, just extremely freaked out about this whole issue.
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