Hi there, I couldn't post to the medical board, so I hope anyone with medical background can help me with this -- or if you've ever heard from a doc about this. How likely is it that HSV2 can spread with a light brushing against the thigh? Let me explain….
My 7-year-old son awoke in the night 2 weeks ago as he had wet the bed (happens to the best of us). He was upset, and in a 2am haze I rushed into his room to help him take off the wet pjs and get into the bath. I was wearing a t-shirt and panties. I had an HSV2 outbreak at the time, and I usually always slip on long pants before being around my kids, but in my rush to help him and being half awake, I forgot.
So, after I helped his strip down, I picked him up and carried him to the bathroom. He was safely resting against my shirt until I was putting him down. His inner right thigh lightly brushed against my outer left thigh as I set him down. It was very light contact for about 3-4 inches, but because it was within the boxer area I have been sick to my stomach that I might have infected him...
About 7 days later he woke up with a fever, accompanied with a very green snotty nose and no body aches, no swollen glands in the groin, etc. So, my husband and I suspect it was just a case of the common cold. It’s been several days and he is still snotty with no other symptoms other than a small red bump on his left buttock which sometimes happens when he wears pull ups at night, which we have been asking him to do.
I know testing for the virus is ineffective before at least a month or two in order for antibodies to show up, so I’m just making myself sick with worry in the meantime.
How likely is it that a light brush of his inner thigh against my outer thigh could transmit the virus?