Hello! I am a healthy 29 year old female, and was tested for all STD's in June (HIV, Herpes, Syph, Chlam, Ghonn...etc), all came back negative. I get tested annually since I want to be a responsible, sexually active woman. I currently can't afford health insurance, so I came here in hopes of getting at least some expert opinions and advice. This site came highly recommended. Here's my situation.
For over the past year I have been experiencing a strange phenomenon with my lips/mouth. Out of what seems to be nowhere my lips will start to burn and tingle, get irritated, then puff up! The tingling isn't all over, it's very concentrated to specific spots that change daily. The tingling/burning happens on the lip/skin border. My lips will turn deep/sometimes bright red, and get VERY sensitive and chapped! The burning and tingling I feel will happen on/off daily for over a week each time! It recently happened again, and it makes me nervous to kiss my fiance. Now I just have chapped lips, with no tingling at all. Just a dry feeling, with a dark pink border lining my bottom/upper lip. This happens every few months. The last time this happened was sometime the end of May. I've also recently been experiencing a rise in small canker sores. Never more than one at a time, but once one goes, another pops up! This episode started again, so I got another herpes test thinking it might be that (because of the tingling, I read that was a symptom) and that test too came back negative for both types.
What do you think is going on? How long does it take for herpes to show up on a blood test? Does my situation sound at all like that could be a possibility, should I wait and test again? My most recent blood tests were about 3 months apart. I'm concerned about herpes because I work a lot with the general public, so I know I'm exposed to different things. Is it easy to catch casually, like through touching an object or a handshake? Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated!