June 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm #7111
I’m a 26 year old male. Last time had sex was May 2014 and was cleared of all tests in Dec 2014.
On 3/21/15, I had sexual contact with a girl I just met. I wore boxer briefs and she wore a lacy thong. We kissed heavily, I kissed her bare chest, she gave me a hand job (can’t remember if my penis touched her stomach), I rubbed her very wet vagina over her thong, and then we grinded very hard (the whole time we had underwear on). The night ends and I text her the next day asking if she was clean and she said yes, she just had a physical and thinking I was blaming her for something, she said if I have something, she guarantees it’s not from her, especially HSV (which I voiced to her).
4/1 – raging headache for a day and some warmth/discomfort in groin area.
4/10 – groin area starts to tingle, feel warm. Headaches on/off. Scrotum feels somewhat raw, like cuts are present and sometimes itches, but no lesions or sores. I went to my GP, said nothing looks like Herpes, gives me jock itch cream, which helps. Get blood tested at 4/17 (negative for 1 and 2).
At this same time, there’s sometimes a raw, stinging, burning feeling right under my scrotum that extends to anus. I use phones/mirrors and pull my cheeks apart (sometimes very hard/wide) to inspect down there. Sometimes I’m twisting myself like a pretzel to see stuff, straining back and neck. Doctor sees nothing there. A few days after this, my lower back (felt like my nerve) was aching bad as was both sides of my butt.
4/24 – stiff neck on both sides, headaches 24/7 (stress?), sore muscle pain in the upper thigh near groin, sore pain in the quads above knee, some knee pain (achy), sometimes that sunburn/sensitive skin feeling on thighs and shock/pinch sensation through thighs and that cracking feeling sort of came back to my anus.
Late April-early May, I got a huge anal fissure below my scrotum (like a tiny canyon from anus to a small hole/lesion). There’s rarely any blood, but I was running one day and it felt like it opened up again. The nerve (perineal I believe) that runs from bottom of scrotum to anus started to flare up and then it stung and itched in that area. This bothers me the most thinking HSV2. Doctor doesn’t think it looks like Herpes and I get tested at 7 weeks (negative again for both).
Two weeks pass, fissure starts to heal. I feel fatigued. Warm in the face and by 8p, I could easily sleep.
5/25 – lower back/butt starts to feel dull and achy again. Continues, but lessens into…
6/1 – sunburn feeling comes back to top of lower thighs/kneecaps. Sometimes it feels like on fire badly. Trouble sleeping.
6/4 – thighs/kneecaps feel spent, like nerves singed off. Zap feeling on/off. Fissure feels cracked again. Put alcohol down on fissure and it warms, but doesn’t sting terribly.
Does this sound like HSV? I’m getting tested again at 79 days (11.25 weeks). If negative, can I assume I’m good to go?
Nervous and any help is appreciated – thank you!
June 6, 2015 at 4:35 am #7115
No, this sounds nothing like herpes to me. It sounds like an anal fissure or something similar. The fact that you were antibody negative at 7 weeks is a good sign indeed. If you test negative at 12 weeks, there is probably a 90% chance that you will stay that way. I’m not sure what the nerve pain is about but I seriously doubt that it has to do with herpes. I like the final test at 16 weeks, not 12, however.
June 6, 2015 at 4:51 am #7120
Thanks for your response! Just a few more questions:
1) I definitely have an anal fissure down there. I just worry immediately that it’s HSV, but everyone is convincing me otherwise. Today, it just felt achy down there/someone cracked and the top of my kneecaps/lower thighs just feel sort of on fire. I wonder if this is my second outbreak (if the first anal fissure was first outbreak – but someone told me the first outbreak is rarely the anus). The lower back and butt pain. The zapped feeling in the nerves in lower half of body. Could this be prodrome? Or post herpetic neuralgia? I’ve looked up so much about this STD…
2) In regards to my exposure, can I ask what the risk is of receiving HSV2 is from that? Some people I’ve talked to have said slim to no risk while one website read what I did and my symptoms and said immediately, “You have Herpes.”
3) When you say “this doesn’t sound like Herpes” at all can you please more go more in depth as to why? Wrong time table? Symptoms? All my nerve sensations also makes me think HSV, because that’s where it lives…
4) Any suggestions as to what else it could be? No worries if not.
Thank you so much for all your help!
June 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm #7126
The reason I don’t think it is herpes is because 1) you had no contact that would put you at risk for acquiring herpes (that is the biggest reason, of course) and 2) an anal fissure is really different than herpes and yes, a first infection at the anus without exposure there is really unlikely.
Just about to fly, airplane door closed, will update the rest later
June 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm #7133
Thank you – look forward to hearing the rest!
June 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm #7154
The risk of acquiring herpes from the contact that you had is extremely slim to zero. Did a professional on a website say you had herpes or was that some random person. If it was a professional, I would like to see that link. If it was a random person, I would encourage you to pay no attention to lay people who give you their impression of your condition. That’s just silly. Your knee pain is just something we don’t see with herpes. Sometimes people with genital herpes will get some pain down the back of the leg prior to a recurrence but your symptoms are way beyond that.
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