September 8, 2021 at 11:39 am #74786Positive-VibesParticipant
I need some advice on possible herpes transmission. I am male, 28, Caucasian. I had sex 12 months ago with a woman unprotected. A few weeks after this I had itching of the foreskin, went to the doctor and was told it could be Balanitis, so I got some cream and it went away. I didn’t think anything of it, and an STI panel showed negative for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV, Trich, Hepatitis B and C.
4 months ago, the itching came back, and was quite frustrating. No other symptoms other than a terrible itch in my foreskin. It went away after a week.
Moving to the present; around 2 weeks ago I had sex with a new woman, and used a condom. A few days later my urethra began to burn. At first it was a mild burning sensation down my urethra for a day or two, then after that it was just after urinating. It doesn’t burn while urinating, and the pain is mild, only 3 out of 10. Again, I rang the doctor and they said it sounds like more Balanitis so I got cream again. I have never had any noticeable discharge, blisters, ulcers or sores so they said it’s unlikely to be a more serious issue.
The woman I slept with 2 weeks ago definitely did not have an STI. She is a friend, has had many STI tests, and has not had sex in a long time. However, she now has flu-like symptoms. In particular; a huge swollen neck lymph node, congestion, runny nose, achy legs, and a sore throat.
I am particularly worried I may have caught herpes from the encounter I had 12 months ago and given it to my recent sexual partner.
Would an onset of sudden itchiness, and my more recent urethral burning, be characteristic of a delayed herpes ‘activation’? Do any of these symptoms align with herpes? The burning has lasted 2 weeks now, and is much more mild than before, with no sores developing.
I am working on getting the appropriate tests done, which I know is more fullproof, but they are difficult to get in my corner of the world, so I thought it best to ask an expert online in the meantime. Thanks
September 13, 2021 at 7:52 am #74850Terri WarrenKeymaster
Without sores, and only itching, it isn’t possible to know if this is herpes or not but I would guess probably not.
The woman who has symptoms located mostly in her head area sounds more like she has an upper respiratory infection, likely unrelated to herpes
If you are getting a herpes antibody test, that will be useful
It is common for males who have a foreskin to get some yeast underneath and have lots of itching. I suspect that’s the case for you as well.
September 13, 2021 at 7:09 pm #74878Positive-VibesParticipant
Thanks very much Terri.
I guess my follow up questions would be;
1) If I’m having urethral burning for 2 weeks and no other symptoms, is it possible that this is my first outbreak (12 months after contracting) and sores could be in the urethra?
2) The itching I experienced was only in/on the foreskin, and was months prior to my urethral burning. Can herpes have an initial reaction of just itching, and then later become urethral burning only, having been activated by recent sexual activity?
To describe the urethral burning; it’s not painful while I urinate or ejaculate, but is mildly irritated afterwards and during the day. Not bad pain, just slightly irritating. I will hopefully be getting a test in a few weeks.
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