February 28, 2020 at 3:24 am #69412Seattle777Participant
I received protected oral sex from a commercial sex worker. She had some lesions to the side of her mouth which I naively discarded at the time but now assume to have been herpes. Two days post exposure, I had a couple of white/yellow spots on my inner thigh (no PCR test). I applied some antiseptic and after 2/3 days the spots disappeared. No blisters.
Within a week I began to experience an urgency to pee. After 10 days, I went to bed with an extreme buzzing sensation in my groin, and was subsequently unable to sleep. That then lead to epididymitis. Subsequently prescribed ofloxacin, and a UTI medication which helped for a period of time.
Despite some red marks (not spots) on my penis and thighs, tingling on the insides and back of my thighs, as well as penile throbbing and pain, I was eventually diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. I was given 3 weeks of clarithromycin to clear up any potential residual infection (by this time I had already repeatedly tested negative for all the usual STD’s, including a series of blood tests and PCR swabs on marks). Prescribed tamulosin to help ease the muscular tension. Since that time, I have twice experienced a solo white spot on the shaft of my penis, dismissed by specialists. Both spots disappeared within a day or two. The urgency to pee improved initially with the tamulosin, but then worsened again during December, at which point a mark appeared on the corona of my glans – dismissed as penile pauples, even though one looks like a blister trying to break through under the skin. These remain 3 months later, shape etc has not changed. I now also take amitriptyline to help realign the nerves and that, plus breathing exercises, have helped hugely.
I remain concerned however that I could have herpes. I took at IgG test in January, which proved negative for HSV1 (value 0.09, even though I have had cold sores on my mouth many years ago) and HSV 2 (less than 0.5).
Do I need western blot? I am in the UK
March 1, 2020 at 9:28 am #69444Terri WarrenKeymaster
I do NOT think you need a western blot, based only on your symptoms. And here’s the deal for you: you mention that you’ve had cold sores previously. The type of herpes you would get from receiving oral sex is that same virus – HSV 1. But once you have this virus in one location of your body, it is extremely unlikely that you would get it at a new location on your body (genitals). So I am not concerned about this with your encounter. And a western blot would NOT help you as we know you already have HSV 1.
March 11, 2020 at 10:26 am #69555Seattle777Participant
Thanks. However, I am now not convinced that I HAVE had HSV1 on my mouth – I had only small cold sores when I was younger, but whether that was HSV1 I’m not so sure (I’ve only really learnt about the topic in the last 7 months!). If I did NOT have HSV1, does that make a difference to the advice you’ve given?
Also, if I HAD previously have HSV1 on my mouth, shouldn’t that have shown on the IgG test? Is it worth conducting that test again a second or even third time to be certain, or were the values low enough that I shouldn’t worry?
Finally, if I had previously experienced HSV1 sores on my mouth, why would that not appear on the genital area? And is it not possible that this could have been HSV2 on the mouth of the CSW? Within a high risk group, I understand that it is possible to have oral HSV2. The marking was pronounced and not a normal “cold sore”. If she had that, could she have passed it to my genital area even with protection being used during oral sex? How long would I have to wait until I know? Does HSV2 appear more quickly?
I’m sorry I’m asking questions that should be either easily answered through research (this to date has left me more than confused!), or if these are potentially questions that cannot be answered with any certainty.
If I DO need to take a Western blot, how can I do that from the UK? If it isn’t possible, can I travel to WA state (as a non US citizen) and get this done? I might be there on business toward the end of the year – though I’d obviously resolve this sooner.
The symptoms, tingling and general discomfort (which has mostly subsided now, 7 months on) are what causes me the greatest concern. I do have a very small spot in the genital area but it has been present for 3 weeks (at least when I noticed it) and it looks like a larger (white) pimple aligned with other normal skin pimples, so may be nothing.
Any further help and guidance appreciated.
March 15, 2020 at 3:14 pm #69583Terri WarrenKeymaster
Any size cold sore is a cold sore – small or otherwise. It would prevent you from getting HSV 1 genitally. The IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 infections so it may not have shown up on the IgG test. Repeating it is NOT helpful.
If you can find someone to draw and spin one serum separator of blood for you in the UK, I can work with you to get the lab requisition. You can no longer come to the US right now, as you know, I’m sure. Herpes would NOT cause symptoms for 7 months. And a herpes lesion would not normally last for three weeks.
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