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i'm a male, i had unprotected oral sex (contact was not very long... 3-4 minutes i would guess) with someone in July. this person isn't a random stranger, but i don't know her exact sexual history.
anyway, all of my STI testing (HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hep, etc.) came back negative at 8 weeks (*sigh of relief*)
i've not had any bumps/sores/lesions in the 3.5 months since then that would really indicate a genital herpes infection (i have battled HSV1/cold sores all my life), and tested Positive for HSV1 and Negative for HSV2 on Herpeselect IgG at 12 weeks.
last week i did have some pain/aching in my penis, along with frequent and somewhat painful urination, but still no visible sores. i had a urinalysis done and they put me on antibiotics for a possible UTI (results should be back in the next day or so). i also wonder how much of this pain/discomfort may have been in my head, since it sort of lead up to me getting my test results back...
there was no skin on skin genital contact, but she did rub up against my penis with her panties a few times prior to performing oral. from what i've researched, being infected with HSV2 in this way is not very likely, am i correct?
lastly, since I already have HSV1 orally, my chances of getting HSV1 genitally are also greatly reduced from everything i've read?
i plan to do another Herpeselect at 16 weeks, but I would still like some peace of mind i guess...
you can get hsv1 genitally even after having a well established hsv1 oral infection but the risks of such are incredibly low. Not quite as low as the odds you'd be the big winner in the powerball tonight but close.
the few folks online who seem to have had it occur to them, they had just shaved their genital areas right before sex when their partner had a newly acquired genital hsv1 infection and their partner didn't realize that that was what was going on until a day or two later.
UTI like symptoms and urethral pain cleared up after a couple days of Doxycycline... still feel it a bit more than usual when i urinate, but hardly anything i'd consider "painful" at this point.
also, i'm pretty sure i've had this patch of wrinkly, brown skin on the underside of my penis for ages (likely from masturbating too much :/), when i inspect it a bit closely it appears to have a bit of a rough (callous?) like texture and what looks like cracks in the skin. it doesn't hurt to the touch whatsoever, nor is it an actual "cut" (i hear people talk about "paper cuts" and herpes, but mostly those are females no?), so I don't really feel like that is anything to worry about, but worth mentioning i suppose. i plan to have a dermatologist look at it eventually.
still have about another week and a half before i can take my 16 week test, but i'm feeling pretty confident the results will be the same as the 12 week one.
I think I had a break through last night with regards to just how much these recent symptoms might be anxiety induced...
I was feeling more urethra pain than I had in a few days while trying to fall asleep, but then I had been listening to some soothing music to try and sleep. Since my mind wasn't hyperfocused on my genitals, I noticed the "pain" wasn't really present. When I thought about it and my focus turned back to "down there", I could honestly feel the tingling/pinched pain in my urethra like earlier...
no big surprise here... 16 week test results same as the 12 week ;)
Test Description Result Range Units
HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec163153 <0.91 0.00-0.90 index
HSV 1 IgG, Type Spec164899 5.4 0.00-0.90 index
i've read numerous times that the numbers are fairly arbitrary, so does the fact that my HSV1 result at 12 weeks was 3.55 and now it's 5.4 have any real bearing/meaning?
because while i never had a positive HSV1 test done to confirm my lifelong cold sores, i know 100% without a question in my mind that i've had them for at least the last 20 years or longer (trust me, i've got the Abreva receipts to prove it ;).
both your hsv1 igg's were positive. the changes in results don't really mean much. you could test in another month and have a hsv1 igg of 4.3 or something even - they will fluctuate somewhat.
congrats on being negative for hsv2 so you can move forward :)
abreva doesn't really do much for cold sores actually. It barely got fda approval to say that it speeds the healing of them. Save your money and switch to oral acyclovir which even without insurance you can get for $4, take 800mg 3x/day for 2 days at the very first tingle of a cold sore about to start. Far cheaper and works better!
no, you need a prescription for acyclovir in the US. your doctor can just call you in one. to get the $4 price it's acyclovir 200mg, take 5x/day , dispense 30. you just take 4 at a time - worth it for that price!!!!
abreva only speeds healing of cold sores less than a day sooner than placebo. really not worth the price they charge for that teeny tube.
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