Hard to say what might be going on here, because your symptoms are a bit suspicious but not very worrisome. I strongly suggest that you don't take anymore herpes medicines and retest when 16-20 weeks have passed since the encounter. The antiviral medicines can delay seroconversion so I'm sorry that you were treated without a diagnosis first by a lab test.
A couple of additional things. That link I posted isn't a picture of me, it's an image on a site that has herpes pictures. Also, after I posted I took a closer look at the bumps on my face and they're still fluid filled.
Thank you for your help.
A few more things I'd like you to consider. I understand from other posts here and on the STD forum, that experts take into account exposure risk, symptoms, and timeline to validate testing results and assess false negative/positive testing likelihood.
For the purpose of reviewing my circumstances, I would appreciate it if you would assume that my partner was HSV+ (not sure whether 1 or 2). Although I didn't think anything of it at the time, I clearly recall a patch of reddish skin with small bumps above the vaginal area that looks similar to many HSV pictures online.
I also have terribly dry skin and eczema issues (frequent cracking, irritation, and even bleeding) and for what it's worth, the day before this encounter I was in a car accident and had considerable bruising and abrasion from the collision.
The urgent care doctor I saw didn't think much of any this, but he also wanted to convince me that HSV can't be transferred if you use a condom.
Thanks again. I'll be offline for a few days, so no hurry in responding.
If your partner was positive, the chance of getting herpes is still low at one intercourse!
I would test again in another month when 16 weeks have passed, then believe those results.
Lots of updates to provide today...
I tested at exactly 16 weeks, and was negative again for HSV1 and HSV2.
I ran into the woman I had sex with and she believes she could have herpes but has never been tested. I asked her if she'd get tested to find out what type but she wasn't interested. I'm not sure it matters that much anyhow at this point.
I've had ongoing skin issues on my face with water filled red bumps that never seem to completely blister but I will go see a doctor for them.
I haven't taken any more acyclovir but I'm still taking resveratrol and lysine since they seem to have good health benefits and I was already taking resveratrol at lower dosages before this entire event.
I'm going to trust the 16 week results and will get tested in a few months only if I have any more skin issues.
The only lingering concern I have is that perhaps resveratrol is delaying seroconversion. Based on the research papers I tried to read it isn't clear to me whether resveratrol could have this effect, and none of the experts on this site seem to have an opinion.
Thank you for the help. I would appreciate your comments regarding resveratrol.
Nothing but the true antivirals delay seroconversion. I think you are in the clear, my dear!