So.. I’m an American male in Vietnam during the COVID pandemic, can’t get back to work where I live. I’m staying with my fiancé. Last week, I started to get itchy spots around ankles, and then back of knee. A few days later I had an itchy spot on my penis shaft, with a slight red bump. I also had several whitehead appearing spots in my pubic hair area, which I easily picked off and which bled.
My fiancé took me to a sexual health clinic here in Việtnam, where it got confusing.
They took all the tests - blood, swab, and even something just inside the urethra.
After a short wait they some to my fiancé. Next I know I’m paying $1,200 for something she said they can help make go away. Bear in mind I’m going with the flow as no one can answer my specific question, “what do I have?”.
This said, I am taken upstairs where, you guessed it, I’m given medicine by an excruciating catheter, no anesthetic.
Then I’m put under some kind of red light device where topical cream was put on the spots, and I am given an IV drip of gonciclovir.
Later I’m told it is herpes, albeit still with confusion. Basically I’m trying to figure out why I just paid $1,200 to treat an incurable virus.
All this said, has anyone ever heard of something like this? If it is relevant, the itchy ness behind the knees is becoming more like poison ivy (it’s not ivy, no exposure here).
I appreciate any advice.