- 5 weeks ago I had a brief encounter with a new sex partner — a small amount of kissing, a brief unprotected blowjob, and then she gave me a handjob to completion.
- 2 weeks later I received an anonymous text message from STDCheck.com saying that a recent partner had received a positive STD test and was recommending that I be tested. I reached out to everyone I'd been with in the past few months and no one knew anything about it, but the girl from that most recent encounter never responded, so I've been assuming it was her (if not a terrible prank...).
- I went ahead and got a full STD panel the following week, 3 weeks after the most recent encounter. Everything came back negative (chlamydia, gonhorrea, trich, HIV, HPV, Hepatitis A-C), except HSV-1 which was equivocal (0.96). I realize of course that could be because it was too early to test, and that some of the other test results were too early too — but also that the equivocal result could turn negative on retesting which I plan to do in 3 more weeks.
- At no time during all of that do I think I experienced any symptoms. I thought I may have had a slight burning sensation on one side of my lip for a few days and was obsessing over it possibly being a prodrome (or possibly I created that sensation by constantly futzing with it with my fingers and tongue), but there were never any sores or anything like that.
- Around that same time (between 3-4 weeks after the most recent encounter), I did have several days of chest/throat congestion with coughing and sneezing and the like. However, there was a lot of that going around my office at the time so I chalked it up to a regular old cold. I never got a noticeable fever.
- Two days ago, I started noticing a weird discomfort in the head of my penis during urination, on the left side — mainly for a second or two before the flow would begin. I wouldn't call it pain, just an out-of-the-ordinary sensation. Almost like there was a tiny foreign object in my urethra. That sensation has remained for the past couple of days, with a TINY bit of stinging maybe right at the opening. On a scale of 1-10 I'd put the discomfort at around a 2 — there's much more discomfort psychologically as I wonder what's going on than physically. Yesterday seemed a bit better than the day before but still noticeable, and today's been about the same. I started taking an anti-UTI supplement just in case it was that, but then I took a UTI test today (pee on stick) and it came out negative.
I realize no one can tell me anything about the equivocal test and I just need to retest in a few weeks for that. I think my main questions are:
1. Does the mild urethritis sound anything like it could be due to herpes?
2. If so, would it be very out of the ordinary for the very first physical symptom to show up 5 weeks after the most recent potential exposure (or potentially longer than that after some earlier exposure)?
3. In other posts about urethritis it's been said repeatedly — mainly by just a couple people though — that urethritis from herpes would be VERY painful, not mild. But I do see info on the internet suggesting that mild urethritis can be due to HSV. Which is actually correct?
4. Not specifically a herpes question, but in other posts about mild urethritis I've noticed people suggesting it's more likely to be chlamydia or an infection like that — doesn't my negative test for chlamydia and gonorrhea 2 weeks after potential exposure essentially rule that out?