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Hi I am a bit concerned and would really appreciate some advice. Three days ago I had protected sex with a sex-worker, but unprotected oral sex. The next day I woke up with body aches on all my muscles, mainly my upper body and neck, as If I had a hard workout at the gym. That same day I saw red blotches near my mouth (pics at end of post), then today they have started itching. I have had HSV-1 for years now, very rarely do I have outbreaks, last one must have been more than a year ago, and they have never looked like this, usually they are cuts on the side of my mouth never have been rashes. Due to the timing of this, I am now afraid I may have caught an stdfrom this sex worker. Does this look like an HSV-1 outbreak? Could it be that I have caught HSV-2 from her? Could it be something else? I also have some itching in my scrotum, but no rashes, and nothing visible, nothing out of the ordinary, could be unrelated but it could also be related. Advice is greatly appreciated.
So reading at herpes.com and it says that almost 100% of HSV-2 infections are genital, on top of this it says if you have HSV-1 oral, then getting HSV-2 oral is much harder. This makes me think that maybe I didn't get HSV-2, rather it could be something else. What else can show up like what I have on the pics I posted so soon after giving oral?
Oops, didn't catch that thread. Just read it. It's just pic of the side of my face showing a slightly red discoloration on my skin, so no harm done.
I went today to get checked, but they asked me to wait a month and to maybe go see a dermatologist. Yes I have tested myself numerous times, always show HSV-1, I caught it from my dad many many years ago while sharing a cup when he had a sore on his lip and I had coincidentally bit my tongue around that time. Couple days later my entire mouth was full of sores so much that I could barely talk.
Could this thing I caught be a bacterial infection of some sort, maybe yeast? Would it be wise to ask the dermatologist for some antibiotics just in case?
Actually I went to a "prevention" counselor/nurse at the clinic and I told her what happened and showed her the discoloration on my skin, and she told me I had herpes. I asked her if it could be something else like fungus or yeast and she flat out said, no you have herpes. Keep in mind that I am in Peru and here unless you are paying top dollar at top notch place you are not getting quality healthcare, so after reading up on all the different things the discoloration could be, her flat out dismissal of any other possibility kinda put me off as her not really knowing what she is saying or maybe throwing me a scare tactic.
So in the next few days I am going to visit a dermatologist and then wait the month to get myself checked for STDs.
My genital area still itches on and off, but no sores of any kind. The lymph node on my armpit is a tad more painful now, still small. And inspecting one of the red blotches on the side of my face, I can see a minuscule almost imperceptible little cut. I am starting to think this may indeed be herpes now :(
Yea I know I shouldn't but I cant help myself... found a sore on the outside of my anus, now I'm pretty sure I have herpes. I scratched there the first day while I was scratching my face, think I just gave myself genital herpes :/
So researching on this stuff, are the transmission rates on the bottom half of this article true?
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