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Herpes? Anxious

Dear Whomever,

I have been travelling and am very scared. On July 5th, close to two weeks from now, a boy with a cold sore on the outside of his lips (not inside his mouth) touched me in my genitalia. I do not remember him putting his fingers in his mouth but he may have.

I had been battling a yeast infection before hand to begin with from taking a series of antibiotics. I finished the yeast infection treatment July 7th. July 8th my genitalia was red and itching again. Since July 9th I have been having major pains up and down my legs, including my thighs and buttocks. I went to see a gynocologist and explained to him my scare about herpes. He said I had a yeast infection still (I saw him July 11th).

I still have had no blisters/sores/red bumps or anything. I am scared to go back to the gyno because it was expensive to go here while I am travelling in Turkey. I am worried about the extreme muscle aches that I have been having.

I understand there is a prodromal phase to herpes and that muscle aches are a symptom. Since I have had these muscle aches from close to 7 days now, could it just be a coincidence that it happens with the yeast infection??

How likely is it that I could contract herpes with my sexual encounter? Please let me know any helpful information you could give me. I am nearing a two week mark this Tuesday. If I have no lesions/red bumps, could I consider myself a bit safer from having contracted it? I have always tested for herpes and always been negative. I was tested July 11th by the doctor for IgG and IgM for both HSV1 and HSV2 but I am worried those tests were done too soon anyway.

How long should I wait before getting tested again?

I am really anxious and have a mirror with me at all times and it is ruining my whole trip. I can't eat from the stress of not knowing what to expect.

Please help shed some light.

26 Responses
1174003 tn?1308164419
1.  Typically that is the symptoms of HSV.

2.  Yes.

3.  HSV-1 is so common it really isn't that big of a deal.  Though wait for grace to comment on your results.
897535 tn?1295210035
Oral herpes is transmitted to genitals via oral sex, plain and simple. If he did not perform oral sex on you, this was not a risk. Herpes requires skin to skin contact from the infected site along with heat and friction to transmit. It's the sexual act that is the catalyst for transmission.
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What if he performed oral sex with me but only got his cold sore in his mouth a week later? That happened June 23rd. Could that explain the muscle aches? Could I only get muscle aches and symptoms of yeast infection and no blisters? They say it is different for everyone, but the muscle aches confuse me. If the muscle aches are related to a possible infection of herpes, I would be getting an outbreak a few days later right?

Please answer my questions. I am anxious.
1174003 tn?1308164419
Chances are of that happening for transmission is extremely low unless he was shedding the virus.  Which in this case he was shedding mayb 2 days before the cold sore appeared.  A week later isn't much of a risk and the fact is your symptoms fit more with something other than herpes than it does you trying to make it herpes.  
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Thank you for your answer. The reason I sound psycho is because I have never had these specific symptoms.

Anyway, I went to get tested on July 11th, although he said I was fine and everything, he gave me my test results.

I am extremely confused at this point.

The test result gave a 1.2 score for the IgG for HSV-1 which is what I suspected of contracting from my guy. I still have not had any lesions. Does this means I am positive for herpes?


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Thank you for your answer. The reason I sound psycho is because I have never had these specific symptoms.

Anyway, I went to get tested on July 11th, although he said I was fine and everything, he gave me my test results.

I am extremely confused at this point.

The test result gave a 1.2 score for the IgG for HSV-1 which is what I suspected of contracting from my guy. I still have not had any lesions. Does this means I am positive for herpes?
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Can anyone help me to solve this please?
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Around 70-80% of the population has HSV1, usually oral. So a positive test for HSV1 like yours does not mean you caught it genitally. No one of knowing unless you get symptoms.
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1. Do symptoms have to be lesions/blisters/red bumps?

2. Couldn't the symptoms be what simulates a yeast infection?

3. How do I protect any future partner? How do I explain this? I have always been negative. Could this be a false positive?



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1. Does herpes cause a white discharge?

2. Could I have lesions inside my vagina (not cervix) and not know? Also, could I have them inside my vagina and not have them outside?
101028 tn?1419606604
no, herpes related discharge is more clear. if you have discharge that is abnormal for you, be seen and get an exam and testing for yeast and bacterial infections vaginally.

you didn't have any contact with this person that was a risk for herpes.  honestly not everything that goes on genitally is due to herpes so don't drive yourself nuts needlessly thinking it could be herpes!

grace
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I understand everyone thinks I am being a hypochondriac but it is because I have had yeast infections but this one has persisted for over 3 weeks with me treating it.

1. I saw one and only one big white blister type of pimple near my groin. Could that be the sign of herpes? But just one which I thought was weird.

First of all thank you to everyone that have responded to me. I am just baffled that the gynocologist keeps saying "You're fine" when I obviously for the first time gotten a positive result for HSV 1. I have always been negative otherwise. So I am trying to understand my status beyond what the doctor says.

2. How do I deal with these persistent yeast infections if it is indeed related to herpes?

3. Why won't the doctor say it is that and treat me for it?
101028 tn?1419606604
sweetie, I've already had yeast infections that have lasted 3 or 4 months even with treatment and I had a coworker have 1 last 8 months with treating it . Yeast can be troublesome!!!

your doctor sees nothing that looks that looks like herpes and you were on antibiotics which make you at risk for vaginal yeast. why keep insisting that it has to be herpes?
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I don't know. I'm sorry. Its just with the new positive score for HSV1 I guess I am really worried about what to say to my next partner because I want to be honest.

Thank you again for your patience and kindness.
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First off, thank you to grace, petal and mistakeguy for volunteering your time here. For people like us feeling anxious, this forum serves us well. I know some of us come off hypochondriacs, but dealing with body issues and wanting to know whats going on to be sure to be morally correct sometimes causes you to be. From my side, I would love it if I didn't need to think I had HSV1 genitally, but I guess I want to understand this better to know and be aware of all things.

1. on the internet it says that most people get mild symptoms and don't really know it is herpes. how long would the initial "outbreak" mild symptoms (ie no blisters/sores) could last? could they simulate a yeast infection for 4 weeks?

2. could herpes show up as just one blister on the buttcheek and nothing else? i saw one big pus filled pimple on my butt near where the butt meets the thighs on the inside but it popped that same day it showed up.

3. also, are gynocolegist unaware of these mild symptoms? why are doctors so dismissive of these mild symptoms? the answer of my gynocolegist is that men are the ones that get mild symptoms, but that women almost ALWAYS get sores when first infected.

4. I've read that Dr. Cullen from Duke University is working on a cure which is amazing. However, its something that would need a lot of funding to realize in the next 10 years. Are there any organizations that deal with getting funds for these studies? I know its not life threatening but I have friends that deal with this also and have contracted it and though its not physcially threatening for some, it completely debilitates some people emotionally. Couldn't we start looking at ways to raise awareness and funding such as those done for diabetes/cancer/etc (I know we're not dealing with cancer here but a cure would be wonderful).
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i guess my main question is why aren't doctors more aware of mild symptoms.

and how long would the mild symptoms last.
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hi grace, this goes back to something you said to someone else in a post. i know you volunteer but i guess i just want to make sure i'm sexually responsible. in fact, i'm obsessed with sexual responsibility and wish the boy had told me about his cold sore.

you said it requires heat and friction and most people dismissed my story but it did involve heat and friction (as crude as this is, he fingered me and there was definitely heat and friction involved).

and so the HVS 1 IGG score of 1.2 is new to me. i was tested on May 10th and i was completely negative for it all. i guess i must have acquired something at that point. that test was done a week after my "exposure" and from everything i've read, thats really soon to get the result that i got. i will be getting tested again on August 15th which will be a good 45 days after "exposure". is it ok for me to get the western blot after 45 days?

i'll be going to graduate school end of august and i just want piece of mind before i start. funny enough, i'll be studying epidemiology.

mistakeguy had said to wait for you to comment on the score, and though you commented on everything else graciously, i guess i never saw a comment on that except from another volunteer.

at this point, i have stopped all sexual activity and am waiting to find out more details. like i said, on July 21st(about 16 days after exposure) i spent the day in the sun and came home to about 7-8 red dots on the side of my buttcheek, just one which was white like a pimple but what confused me is that it popped a few hours later (would a herpes blister pop that soon?).

i'm just wary of all that is going on.
Avatar universal
could this be a symptom of herpes along with the muscle aches and yeast infection type symptoms:

2. could herpes show up as just one blister on the buttcheek and nothing else? i saw one big pus filled pimple on my butt near where the butt meets the thighs on the inside but it popped that same day it showed up.
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it would be along with the fact that its my initial outbreak..
Avatar universal
could this be a symptom of herpes along with the muscle aches and yeast infection type symptoms:

1. could herpes show up as just one blister on the buttcheek and nothing else? i saw one big pus filled pimple on my butt near where the butt meets the thighs on the inside but it popped that same day it showed up. surrounded by smaller red bumps that never did much else. the red bumps weren't clustered but spread around the left butt/groin area about the size of the palm of the hand.

i was thinking this could be the "outbreak" since it happened after i stayed out in the sun.

but that one white bump popped within hours and i wouldnt have noticed it unless i looked constantly at my groin area. i did feel some sensitivity there.

2. if this indeed was an outbreak, would i always be getting it there? would that mean that my vagina could transmit the virus even though its on my buttocks?

i seem to be getting shunned here but i'm really just trying to understand what happened/whats going on.
Avatar universal
could this be a symptom of herpes along with the muscle aches and yeast infection type symptoms:

1. could herpes show up as just one blister on the buttcheek and nothing else? i saw one big pus filled pimple on my butt near where the butt meets the thighs on the inside but it popped that same day it showed up. surrounded by smaller red bumps that never did much else. the red bumps weren't clustered but spread around the left butt/groin area about the size of the palm of the hand.

i was thinking this could be the "outbreak" since it happened after i stayed out in the sun.

but that one white bump popped within hours and i wouldnt have noticed it unless i looked constantly at my groin area. i did feel some sensitivity there.

2. if this indeed was an outbreak, would i always be getting it there? would that mean that my vagina could transmit the virus even though its on my buttocks?

i seem to be getting shunned here but i'm really just trying to understand what happened/whats going on.
Avatar universal
:( is it because i broke a rule? i didnt mean to start a new post. i'm really in need of advice. if someone could please answer the two questions above i would really appreciate it.
Avatar universal
and also the question on how long would "mild" symptoms last...but more specifically about what happened on my left butt cheek, if it was herpes, if its on my butt, can i still transmit it genitally.

i'll be getting the western blot in two weeks and i'll know a better result because from everyone else posts that i've been reading, an IGG socre of 1.2 is a low positive and needs to be retested.

i wish someone would answer though...
897535 tn?1295210035
You've already been told by Grace and I that this was not a risk for herpes. That's why we pretty much don't answer anxiety-driven posts. See your doctor if concerned about your non-herpes issue.
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