January 7, 2022 at 7:51 pm #76128
I’m a 26 year old male. Over the past couple of years I’ve slept with a handful of people. I’ve had roughly 3/4 encounters.
Encounter 1 4 months ago I was in a three some and I didn’t use protection.
Encounter 2 around 6 weeks ago I had unprotected oral and protected vaginal sex.
Encounter 3 around 4/5 weeks ago with the same person as encounter two, I had unprotected oral and protected vaginal sex, but the condoms kept breaking. I replaced them as soon as I felt them break, but I’m still afraid. I was inside of her for maybe a couple of thrusts or a couple of seconds maybe before I noticed and switched them out.
Encounter 4 around 3/4 weeks ago I gave an unprotected blowjob in a spur of the moment hookup. That was it, only oral.
I got tested 4 days ago and my results are
I am still waiting on the inhibition study.
The HSV-1 results weren’t a surprise as I’ve had it since I was a child, but now I’m really scared I have HSV-2. I don’t have any symptoms, but I’m now hyper aware of every single tingle and sensation in my genitals. I’ve now noticed a fleshy bump and four white heads that look like fordyce spots on my shaft. What are my chances this is a false positive? What is the normal index of one’s HSV-2 numbers from 3 weeks to 4 months ago?
January 7, 2022 at 8:09 pm #76129
I would also like to clarify, that I’ve never ever had cold sores in my life, so while it wasn’t a surprise I have HSV-1, I am still shocked the number is so high. Why is it so high?
Can you also tell me what I should expect the prodromal phase to feel like? I’m getting super anxious over every single tingle, burning, itch. These typically only last a couple seconds, but I’m still very concerned.
January 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm #76130
I would also like to clarify that the condoms broke twice, the second time I switched them out faster than the last.
January 10, 2022 at 11:15 am #76154
Your HSV 1 infection is long-standing and the high value may have presented some cross-reactive problems with the HSV 2 test. The CDC recommends that you obtain a confirmatory test, like the herpes western blot as it may well be a false positive.
The prodromal symptom is tingling, creeping feeling under the skin and they usually last a few days before an outbreak appears.
January 10, 2022 at 12:41 pm #76161
Considering the timeline, what index numbers would you expect to see at the time of testing (~6 weeks and ~4 months post exposure)?
I’m considering that all the tingling and itching is psychosomatic, but on the off-chance it isn’t: is it normal for the tickling/itching to appear only for a second or two? It also goes away when I move or scratch it, would that be typical of a prodromal phase?
I’ve also read that previous exposure to chicken pox and/or mono can affect the HSV-2 AB index; I have had both. How accurate is this?
I’m estimating a roughly 50% chance that these numbers may result in a true positive. In the cases you’ve seen where someone with my numbers ended up being true positive, were there any defining markers, or anything that stood out, such that you could differentiate between true and false positive diagnosed people?
How would I get in contact with you to schedule a western blot test?
January 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm #76187
I believe that we talked this week, is that correct?
I don’t have a typical index value for the time frames that you request.
Itching that lasts only a bit is very unlikely to be herpes. chicken pox and mono will NOT impact the HSV AB test
January 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm #76194
We did talk. After we talked, I didn’t really feel any tingling in my groin, and thus I suspect the random tingling was all in my head.
However, the day afterward, I saw red spots appear under three hair follicles about 2 inches north from my penis. I then showered and soaped down my groin. When I woke up, I saw two of the red spots disappear but I developed a pimple? in the last follicle with a very small white cap. There seems to be a small amount of white puss, but of this I’m unsure. When I “popped” it I saw a clear fluid come out and saw white in the open sore. Could this be HSV-2 or just a pimple? I did not feel any itchiness, pain, burning, tingling, etc. when I saw the pimple. It also did not hurt to “pop” the pimple. It’s been about an hour since I “popped” it and it looks like it’s healing already. The skin is no longer inflamed, the sore is a little raised, but I can see that it’s healing.
I also noticed a fleshy bump to the left along the fold between my thigh and groin, when I scratched it I saw white pus come out. Could this be herpes?
The inhibition results came back. However the report is as follows:
“The HSV-2 IgG screening assay was repeated at Quest Diagnostics and the result was negative; thus the Inhibition result could not be determined.
REFERENCE RANGE: NEGATIVE”
I don’t really know what to make of these results. I got in touch with the woman from Encounters 2 and 3 and she says she tested Negative for everything in December and that she nor her ex has ever had any symptoms of Herpes. Assuming low (negligible?) risk from Encounter 4, this means my most probable exposure would be from Encounter 1 which was well over 12 weeks ago.
I’m not sure what the specificity of the tests are. What are your thoughts on the likelihood of me having a true positive HSV-2 diagnosis?
- This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by Anxiousandafraid123.
January 12, 2022 at 10:10 pm #76197
January 14, 2022 at 3:33 pm #76207
I recently got retested for HSV yesterday and the index for HSV-2 is now 2.39. Should I assume I’m negative?
I had a clinician swab my aforementioned spots, and he said they looked more like folliculitis. The only issue is, I haven’t shaved myself.
I discovered a non-raised red patch on my inner thigh this morning. It’s not itchy nor does it hurt, but I’m kind of curious what the general timeline should be for genital herpes. Notably, how long does it take for sores/blisters to appear?
January 18, 2022 at 8:14 am #76237
I believe you are doing the western blot, correct? I can’t tie this forum to the telemedicine visit exactly
None of what you describe sounds like herpes to me. I believe you are over-examining yourself and reacting too strongly to any small change in your skin.
Please wait for the western blot to post any more. I won’t be answering any further questions on this thread until you have your western blot results.
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