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About 15 days back I went to an Asian Massage Parlor and ended up having vaginal intercourse with condom. My guilt got the best of me and have been panicking ever since. I don't have any bumps or redness on my penis or shaft. I don't have anything on the base of my shaft.
However, I have noticed strange feeling under my scrotum. I don't see any specific lesions or bumps, but feel a little tingling / burning sensation which goes away and then comes back. It has been happening for the last 7-8 days.
Could I have got an STD that shows up on the lower part of my scrotum. If I had a condom on, shouldn't STD;s show up on the end of the shaft or front side of scrotum ?
I'm afraid your symptoms don't give enough information to invite any advice. The tingling/burning sensation could be from almost anything - jock itch, an allergy. I recommend you don't stress out until it's clear there's a reason to. Take a deep breath, my friend!
How long should someone wait for symptoms to show up. I miscalculated the number of days, its 19 not 15.
Its almost 3 weeks but now I am starting to get flu like symptoms. There are 2 big reddish pimply looking bumps on my outer thigh which are causing burning sensation. Hopefully its just a pimple. My anxiety is causing me to do silly things.
On one hand I've gone through about 100 different repy by Dr HHH and he seems to feel that my situation is relatively safe but on the other hand (What has got me into panic mode ) are a couple of members who got Herpes via single protected encounter.
is this a sign of herpes you are experiencing? no it is not.
at this point, try to stay busy and stop worrying about the encounter you had. If you still have symptoms a few days from now, follow up on them with your provider to get better answers. Not likely to be std related at all though.
if someone is taking precautions when they have sex, they are still the same risk of having hsv2 as you and me dear. when you are earning your living having sex, having as safe as sex possible is always in your best interest as well as if you do contract hsv2, you tend to treat it properly since if customers started coming home with herpes from your establishment, you'd soon be losing business!!
if you are having active genital symptoms of something, you shouldn't be resuming sex until you've found out what is causing them and it's treated and gone. make sense?
I hit the panic button. I went ahead and ordered tests for Chlamydia/GC, HIV and HSV2. I understand that only Chlamydia/GC tests would have been valid but I was able to select this package for the same price. All came out to be NEGATIVE.
Next step is to get just HSV2 test done in 6 weeks correct ? If I see some symptoms from now on, can I conclude that they are NOT from HSV2 but from something else ?
Hi shawnjames23 - here's some perspective I hope will help:
My HSV-2 symptoms showed up within 2 days. However, several of the members of the many HELP groups I have run or helped run report NEVER showing symptoms. I'm afraid it's impossible to make any general statements about when the symptoms are "likely" to show up. It largely depends on the individuals' immune system.
I recommend two things:
1) As soon as you get another bump, blister, etc., go to your doctor and get it cultured. Don't wait - after 48 hours, the blister will have healed enough to possibly generate a false negative.
2) In about 4 months (this is when the antibodies fully generate enough to show a positive result), get an IgG type-specific blood test. These are the most accurate, and will give you some answers.
According to the available research, condoms only protect against transmission about 30% of the time. Furthermore, an HSV+ person can shed virus (have virus present on the surface of the skin) in areas that the condom does not protect.
Yes, blisters on your thighs can mean HSV - however, if this is a true primary infection (the first time you've ever acquired HSV), you would have had to have had a portal (cut, wound, tear) at the site of entry. It's highly unlikely that you'd have an outbreak anywhere else. Yes, it's possible you got the virus on places outside the condom-covered area, though the risk is low.
I should repeat that it's not certain that your symptoms are HSV - they could be a number of things. Take the 2 steps that I mentioned above, and you'll have answers.
I would not resume sexual activity until you know for sure what your symptoms are being caused by. Until then, please do relax and manage your stress. Stress is a trigger for many ailments! Write me separately, and I'll be happy to continue the conversation, as well as point you toward reliable places for more research - and I do recommend more research. Be well!
3 weeks from your encounter will show a false negative if you did contract the virus, I'm afraid. The antibodies don't generate enough to even result in a definitive number until the count reaches over 1.09 with the IgG tests.
I did not realize you have a regular partner. In this case, if you are truly concerned, you're going to want to stall, and perhaps ask your doctor for a daily antiviral suppressive dose. This can take at least a week to be effective, and you'll want to combine it with a condom, and finally don't have sex at all while you're experiencing any symptoms.
By the way, your extramarital activities are none of my business, and I make absolutely no judgements in that regard. However, since this involves a possible STD, I highly recommend you come clean with your spouse. It's best not to gamble with her health.
Just an update. 11 weeks 5 days post exposure both HIV and HSV2 are NEGATIVE.
Does taking antibiotics have any impact on the tests results ? Should I call it quits on HSV2 testing ? I still have a few bumps around the area, especially 1 big painful acne / pimple which got better with antibiotic treatment.
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