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herpes whitlow

Hello. Thank you for all of your work and public service. I have a couple of questions I apologiize if they've been answered before.

I work in healthcare ad recently was touching a patients lower back/sacrum without barrier protection. After contact she told me she was experiencing what felt like herpes prodrome in the area I had touched. In subsequent follow ups, no outbreak occured innpatient. My concern is contracting herpetic whitlow. A week after contact I started experiencing numbness and an odd sensation on my fingertip. I immediately started famciclovir the next day (8 days post potential exposure) My finger still feels numb/ slightly cold/ very mildly swollen with red spots and hyperaensitivity at the tip (havent been touching anything with that finger) which is 1.5 weeks. I got a fever a few days ago which was 1 week after I felt potential symptoms and 2 weeks post potential exposure. My stomach is also sensitive and my glands on ipsilateral side were swollen the same time my finger started feeling off. I did bloodwork which will be a baseline of "what do I have currently" having never had lesions and havin tested negative for both 1/2 several years back. Im in a holding zone (of paranoia). Everyone thinks contracting it was unlikely. Im a little terrified and dont know why else my finger would feel weird. It seems long for a prodromal but perhaps the famciclovir kept things at bay. I took 500 mg 2x day for a week.
My questions: Do you think contractions was possible (anything possible!) I didnt have cuts on my hands.

and

If I test my blood in 4 months and it is negative: will that mean I do not have herpes ? Does the body need an outbreak to develop antibodies. If the fever was unrelated: can I trust a negative test 4 months out.
So far Im using barriers with everything now.
If I do get a positive test but no lesions I wont know if its my finger or elsewhere!
Thank you for your expertise!
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