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Had oral sex question bout hsv1

So 4 weeks ago I had unprotected oral sex (receiving ) with a girl . Exactly two weeks later I developed this rash on my inner thighs. They only itch once took a shower and noticed small red bumps like a slight case of acne. Never blistered never itched only if I thought about it wasn't painful. You could say the symptoms were really mild ! Although they are still there two weeks after initial breakout! My question is how do I know just by looking if it's hsv1 or 2. Got blood tested doc said it was positive for herpes. Just don't know what type ! Got a second test just to confirm. Waiting on the results ! So my question I guess is . Does hsv1 genital have mild outbreaks or severe . Is hsv2 likely to cause more painful primary outbreaks ? What's does hsv1 look like ? I had no clusters or blister etc... I'm sure I have hsv just really curious of the symptoms of each type ? Will a blood test tell if it's hsv1 or 2? This is killing me ! I'm under the notion that hsv2 has worse primary outbreaks than type 1 in the genital area ?? Help
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15249123 tn?1478652475
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You can not tell the difference by sight. What you describe does not sound like hsv
15249123 tn?1478652475
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How long after exposure was your blood test? You have very little chance of catching hsv2 from oral sex. Hsv2 is very rarely an oral infection. It also sheds very little.
The symptoms you describe absolutely do not sound like hsv at all. I'm betting your test is positive for hsv1 and it's a long standing oral infection and you don't get cold sores
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No cold sores just the breakout on my inner thighs . Red bumps , but no pain hardly no itching ,no blisters ! The outbreak happens exactly two weeks after receiving oral sex doc said it looked like herpes and I tested positive for herpes. She had no sores present that I saw although it was at night . So being that I tested positive for herpes and only had oral sex with her it's possible that she had hsv1 and gave it to me ! ? Nothing on my penis at all just my inner thighs . It has taking two and half weeks to clear !
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Also doc said the test showed I was recently exposed ! The test was a three days after my breakout and a little over two weeks after exposure
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Can you please get the test results from your Dr. I need to know what tests were given. Did your Dr perform a swab test or just blood testing? For your Dr to say you've been recently exposed, leads me to believe they gave you an igm blood test.
Well I will get into all of that once you have the test results
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Is was a blood test , and he just told me the results over the phone
15249123 tn?1478652475
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I need the details. This is important. It was to soon for an igg test to become positive and igm tests should never be given and are completely unreliable and false positives are very common.
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I'll get the type of test tomorrow ! Ty for your comments !
15249123 tn?1478652475
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If you did get hsv1 from this it would most certainly have lesions on your penis not the groin fold. I seriously doubt you have hsv from this exposure and again it sounds like you tested positive from an igm test.  Please bare with my frustration with Dr's that do not seem to have a clue about hsv. Your test results will help me peace this thing together for you.
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But its not uncommon either for herpes to initially breakout on your inner thigh right ?? Its possible right ?? Like I said I devolved the red bump rash on my inner thighs two weeks and one day after oral sex . Itched only once real bad when I woke up took a shower and noticed the bumps . I know I said it took two weeks to clear but this Wednesday will have had been 3 weeks! And its moday morning and they are still visible healing but visible. Also the other side of the thigh also inner has a few bumps as well Id say 4 or 5 single bumps but also resemble the other side just not as many. Like I said no pain no blisters no itch . But Im reading online tgat symptoms can be very mild ! Im just confused about all of this and worried out my mind !!! Ill call the doc to make sure I find out the exact test given . Also to note I get my second opinion blood test back this Wednesday from another doc . Im just preparing myself for herpes . I never had bumps like this on my inner thighs ! And although some of my symptoms are not inline with herpes some are ,like two weeks after exposure bumps appear on inner thighs and also taking this freaking long to clear up . Also I forgot to say that the first doc treated me as a herpes infection and gave me five days of valtrex said it would reduce the tine I had the rash . Well if taking that medicine reduced it and it still took three weeks to clear or two weeks and five days as I'm writing this now . I hate to see what it would have been if i didn't take valtrex
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Yes that is uncommon. It is possible but very unusual. Most (almost always) the primary outbreak will happen around the area of contraction. For this instance it would be the penis. The fact you have it on both sides can happen but again not usually. Sounds more fungal related. Get your test results and we can go from there. The fact your Dr. Didn't swab the area and bumps didn't do you any favors. That was the proper test to have preformed.
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Just talked to the doc and they said I tested positive for igm type 2 hsv
For what it's worth I tested negative for igg test
15249123 tn?1478652475
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First off, I would find a new Dr. If you decide to pursue this actually being hsv. Which it isn't. The odds you contracted hsv2 from oral sex is like winning the power ball in the lottery. Your not that lucky. Hsv2 is very rarely an oral infection and when it is sheds so little that oral sex would be so astronomically low risk it wouldn't even be on my radar. Igm hsv2 tests have a long history of bogus false positives. It's such a problem even the conservative CDC is against the testing. Your rash is not hsv2 or hsv1 for that matter.
I am sorry your Dr. Has put you through this and so far has done nothing right. I bet my bottom dollar you are fine.
Please research igm testing for hsv.
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I just have one more question is it rare to contract hsv just by rubbing genitals against a female who has it hsv but never no contact with my urthea and if so would it also show on the penis
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Also why else would igm be present if not for herpes, it may be also important to note that when I got my first blood test I was coming off a chest infection would this cause igm or Is igms only present with hsv
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Question 1. You can get it that way. Hsv does not enter the urethra to infect. It can but it enters the skin of the penis or vagina. Being massaged in the thin skin of these areas is the way it's transmitted most often. This is why most every primary outbreak happens at spots of most friction. Like the penis shat or vagina opening.

2. You are missing the point about what I wrote for the igm. The test is simply useless. No expert in the field recommends the test. They are even pushing for it to be taken of the menu. There are many reasons why this test falsely goes positive. The point I'm making is simply disregard the test completely. I know that's difficult but that's the honest truth. Like I said, your physician is clueless about herpes and I suggest you find an std clinic or other dr that specializes in the field.
To add up all the evidence and I don't see this being a primary outbreak of hsv. Your symptoms at two weeks isn't impossible but most primary school are within a week from exposure. The area is more than suspect as well. The groin area is not going to be infected by oral sex and most all primary school happen at the point of infection. Add this to a Dr who clearly isn't up to date on testing. Means you have suffered a great deal of stress and most probably have no hsv infection!!
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Outbreaks not school. I hate this new phone!!! Lol
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Thank you for your help ! It helped ease a little of my worries , but it's always there in the back of my head maybe I'm a little of a hypercondreact . Don't know if that's the right spelling but you get my point . None the less I'm going to get a test at 12 weeks from the date of exposure just to confirm . All this said gosh I hope your right . My heart and view will forever change towards ppl who have contracted this disease . Even though I still have a possibility of having it . Guess I'll find out for sure at 12 weeks ! Wish me luck ! And I'll be sure to post the results back on here . I hope my case helps others ! Ty again
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Your welcome. Good luck with your twelve week test. You don't need luck though. It will be negative. I bet the farm on it!!!
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Just another questioned entered my mind how accurate is the igg test at 4 weeks?! I know it's best at 12 but if I was to put a accuracy percentage at 4 weeks what would it be ? Thanks for your help
15249123 tn?1478652475
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At four weeks around 50% or less would test positive by then. 8 weeks is a much better indicator as over 80% would test positive by then.
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Is it possible to get positive igm if your currently dealing with an chest infection ( bronchitis ) .
They are an unreliable test. To try and figure out if this or that caused it doesn't really matter. You're just trying to rationalize why it was positive. Don't waste the energy on it. Like I said, put the igm test out of your mind. It should've never been given.
How common is it that a primary outbreak can last to 28 days and never blister or puss just a minor itch . And if taking valtrex during outbreak , assuming it was an outbreak .  Should it have lasted 28 days ? So two questions in this comment.  I have another one just not trying to get you confused
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Not common at all. Primary outbreaks almost always have lesions. When I say thathat, i don't believe what your experiencing is hsv related at all.
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Ok so next question the pimple like bumps on my inner thigh took 4 weeks to heal , with valtrex. Then after it cleared I developed and anal itch looked at it and had red bumps around my anus itches in the morning and at night. And if I scratch it really hard in the shower and run really hot water over it itch clears but now it is raw cause of the itching so hard in the shower . Also this itch and bumps have lasted over three weeks ! This Sunday will be four weeks . Herpes symptoms ?? This is all present as of now but during this outbreak anally I developed a rash to the side of my scrotum also never no pain just a minor itch . Not on my scrotum just on the sides left and right . All this during the anal issues. Rash by the scrotum is going on two weeks. Help
15249123 tn?1478652475
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I really don't think it's hsv related. Especially from the oral exposure your worried about. I would see your Dr or dermatologist and have the bumps swabbed or even biopsies if they think it's hsv.
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I go for my 8 week test tomorrow although not conclusive but a more accurate test than at four weeks. And imyes it was oral only , but there was a little bit of gential to gential rubbing could I have gotten it this way also ?
15249123 tn?1478652475
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The odds from a little genital rubbing are very long indeed. Put it this way. If it were me I wouldn't be worried at all.
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So is it possible or common to have multiple outbreaks in the boxer area all at once ?!
15249123 tn?1478652475
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A primary outbreak can. Recurring outbreaks that would be rare.
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So this is prolly a primary outbreak that started with my inner thigh on sept 8 and now with me having a rash on my anus and groin folds present day October 19???
And I've been taking valtrex for last 7 days and for the first 5 days when I first broke out with a pimply rash on sept 8 .... anyways I got my 8 week blood test today results should be in by Monday
Ok got my blood test back ( igg) at ten weeks post exposure and it came back <.90 which is negative . How accurate is this at ten weeks? And should I get retested at 12 weeks ?
15249123 tn?1478652475
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Ten weeks is plenty accurate well over 90%. No need to test at twelve weeks. Congrats on the negative test results
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