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Herpes symptoms

After engaging in protected oral and anal sex with a female of unknown sexual history I came down with an upset stomach and loss of appetite after 3 days. She did not have any visible sores on her lips or downstairs.  On the 4th day I began to develop a fever that never went above 100 degrees.  I had diarrhea and some strange bumps near my anus, it also felt like my skin was crawling and had cold sweats at night.  At this time I was incredibly stressed and was having panic attacks.. The fever went away after 2 days and bumps never formed a blister but were sensitive to touch.  I then went to my family doctor who looked at it and said he did not think it was herpes and thought I had gone through the stomach flu which is going around town right now.  He gave me a rocephin shot to cover all basis.  Immediately after getting home I inspected the bumps which seemed to be gone and nothing was tender to touch.  That night I was able to sleep normally and did not have cold sweats and felt better overall.  12 days after possible exposure I did discover a single small bump on my leg right by my crotch but there was no itching or redness and is solid and it has not developed into a blister.  It has now been 2 weeks since the possible exposure and I am still concerned that I might have contracted genital herpes.  I will wait until 3 weeks to test for gh and then again at 12 weeks.  I am currently hsv1 positive orally and have been so since childhood with at least one outbreak annually, usually do to extreme cold exposure.  

I was wonder if you think my symptoms sound like gh or if I simply had a stomach flu with horrible timing?  

Some things ive considered:, herpes is not affected by an antibiotic shot and the bumps went away almost an hour after getting the shot.  The area I got the bumps were never touched during sex.  I do not have any itching or burning anywhere either.
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The risk of acquiring HSV 1 genitally after having it orally is very small indeed.  I agree that your symptoms sound more like GI stuff going on than herpes, for sure.  Not sure about those bumps and what they could be, but I agree that if an antibiotic seemed be speed their demise, they were more likely bacterial something rather than a viral something.  

The upset stomach-diarrhea things is just everywhere out here in Portland, and I'm guessing other places as well right now.  

However, given all of that, I agree that testing again for HSV 2 wouldn't be a bad idea.  Have you ever been tested for HSV 2 in the past?

Terri
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Anadditional question; what is the likelihood of acquiring hsv1 genitally if I have had hsv1 orally since childhood?
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I have never been tested for hsv2 but just got out of a 6 year monogamous relationship and she has never experienced symptoms of either in her life.  

The main thing that concerned me was the timing of the fever as I usually never get sick.  I just don't know if the upset stomach / loss of appetite was also due to the stress of possibly contracting gh.

For some stupid reason I tried to pop / remove the bump on my leg last night.  It was a solid bump and did not contain any fluids.  The area is now red and tender and has not scabbed over as its exactly at the crease of my crotch and upper thigh.  I should have left it alone to see if it developed into a blister.  I'll apply some neosporin tonight to see if it helps it heal.

I will wait to test and see what happens.  Thanks for the response.
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You're welcome

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