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September 3, 2022 at 9:17 am #78671weshallsee32Participant
Hello and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! Here is my timeline:
On Wednesday I had protected sex with a new partner, who claims to test regularly and in this past week has been tested again and was all negative.
Earlier, I shaved my pubic area thoroughly with a mediocre razor. In that first 24 hour period I put lotion on the recently shaved skin, and also spent time in a steam room and sauna.
On Thursday, I had protected sex with a new partner. On Friday I awoke with flu like symptoms and assumed I had covid. Fever, achy-ness, and swollen lymph nodes in my neck. These symptoms were at their worst from Friday to Monday. A week later, I’m still congested and not feeling 100%.
On Saturday night I noticed a couple of blisters, and sores consistent with shaving injuries in the spots I had shaved. In retrospect I had been feeling discomfort since Wednesday night, which I had assumed was due to my shaving and didn’t feel abnormal. I’ve attached pictures from Saturday night if you’re comfortable reviewing it: https://imgur.com/a/4xe5Ii0
On Sunday morning, I got tested and a swab later came back negative. The two blisters were not totally fresh at that point. They did find bacteria on the swab, and I’ve been taking acyclovir since Monday and flucloxacillin since Sunday.
A week later I’m still experiencing some light flu symptoms (congestion, weird body temp). Some light burning after urination, and general itchiness/burning around where I had the sores and blisters. I’ve had no new sores or blisters since those initial ones and the original ones seem totally healed at this point.
I plan to take both drugs until my symptoms clear, and then get tested again in 12 weeks. My two questions are:
Could a bacterial infection that resulted from shaving have caused these symptoms, especially the lingering burning in my genital area and flu symptoms? If I was infected with herpes on Wednesday night, could I have passed it to my second partner on Thurs?
September 5, 2022 at 6:53 pm #78687Terri WarrenKeymaster
A bacterial infection could cause these symptoms, yes. Herpes would not cause you to be congested or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. The negative swab test is helpful as well. You could do an antibody test, but it is too soon to reflect new infection but it would give you a baseline status re: HSV.
If you were infected Wednesday,you could have passed this to a new partner Thursday, yes, I am assuming all contacts were unprotected?
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