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On Oct 28th, I had sex with a friend of mine who has genital herpes. I was fully clothed and only my penis was revealed throughout the whole intercourse. I used a condom as well. She has had herpes for a year and has never had an outbreak ever since her first one. She also has been on valtrex ever since. At one point during sex, the condom rolled up to the middle of my penis and I had to roll it back down. Also, after the sex, I removed the condom and masturbated myself. I am an uncircumcised male by The way. Days after, I was really scared and stressed over this and I had a slight vertigo symptom where I became dizzy and my body heated up for 5 Mins. On November 10th, the vertigo came back and lasted a week which was bad. During, the time I also ended up with a Upper Respiratory infection that lasted weeks. It has been 6 Weeks since the incident and I have been free of any sores or blisters. My questions is there anything to worry about? Am I safe? Is vertigo and URI caused by the herpes exposure?
nothing you've mentioned sounds herpes related at all.
the risk of contracting herpes from a one time protected encounter from someone on daily suppressive therapy without symptoms is incredibly low. It's not even worth testing for unless you have a regular partner to protect.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Also, even if she was shedding, can the virus transfer from touching the condom when taking it off and then my penis? I am a bit concerned about the vertigo as well because my doctor said how herpes can cause vertigo. The vertigo that lasted 5 Mins with temporary high fever happened two days after the exposure. I felt sweats but it only lasted minutes..
Thank you so much for the positive reassurance :). I also forgot to mention, about a week a go I was experiencing some occasional tingling sensations in my penis. Specifically, the upper half below the penis head and on the penis head itself. It was on and off for about three days. It was not painful at all. More like a tickling feeling. Very noticeable though. It isn't occurring now, but I was wondering is this a symptom of herpes or is it just me focusing too much on that area that my anxiety is causing that? Also, I am still outbreak free at this point. And for the first half of the day yesterday I had pain in my scrotum. I'm not sure if that's a herpes symptom, but I just wanted to point that out as well. My last and biggest concern at this point is the tingling feeling. Otherwise, I feel fine at this point and it has been 49 days since my sexual encounter with my female friend who has it. Also, I haven't had sex since.
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