April 15, 2022 at 6:49 am #77126
I had sex with a sex worker 6 weeks ago, I used a condom but it rolled up so my Penis was not completely covered. We did intercourse and she also gave me oral sex with no condom, 5 days after I noticed a few painless bumps on my scrotum.
I started to feel a burning skin sensation on the right side of my scrotum and on the back of my right thigh and sole of my foot and a general uncomfortable feeling around my lower abdominal area. I have never experienced these sensations before. I believe it was also irritating my Sciatic nerve.
The bumps were not painful and went away after 2 to 3 weeks. The burning skin sensation moved from my scrotum to the space between my anus and scrotum. I still have the burning pain on my thigh and foot 6 weeks later although it is not as bad as it was. Does this sound like it could be Herpes?
What is the best way to know for sure? I am based in the UK, I did a IgM test 25 days past exposure which came back negative, but I’ve since learned this test is not reliable. I’ve been to sexual health clinics they have tested for all Sti’s except HSV, all results are negative for Sti’s. I’m not sure what else to do to get a definite answer, I hope you can help me get to the bottom of this.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
April 17, 2022 at 8:05 am #77158
Your symptoms don’t sound related to herpes to me and since the bumps were on the scrotum and not painful or tender, I think herpes is very very unlikely here.
April 19, 2022 at 1:55 pm #77211
Thank you for your reply, I’m just wondering if it makes sense for me to get a Weston blot test for confirmation and if you can facilitate it although I am in the UK. Or would an IgG test suffice? I can get the IgG here in London.
If Western blot is possible, what is the procedure? Do you have a counterpart you work with here to assist?
Lastly, how much would this cost me? The reason I’m prepared to go to all this expensive is I am married and I made the mistake of cheating on my wife. I’ve been working in another country and I had a moment of weakness which I regret. If I am positive I need to know, I cannot afford to infect her, she deserves to know.
I hope to hear from you soon.
April 20, 2022 at 7:51 am #77234
I think the IgG should suffice, unless it is a low positive.
If you decide that you want the western blot, we can do that from the Uk. I’ve worked closely with a woman in London who does the blood draw and helps with the shipping.
The consult with me and the test itself is $325 US dollars, the killer will be the shipping. But it is certainly doable.
And remember that UW likes 12 weeks from possible infection to testing
April 20, 2022 at 10:06 am #77241
Thank you for your reply, I will do an IgG test and review the results. Is it best to wait 12 weeks for the IgG or can I get a reliable result sooner?
I am currently 7 weeks post exposure. What value is considered a low positive?
I may be in touch again soon for the Western blot test depending on my results.
Thanks for your help.
May 3, 2022 at 2:08 pm #77301
I think you can do it a bit sooner – probably 10 weeks is about as good as it is going to get for the IgG test since it looks for only a single antibody protein.
1.1 to 3.5 is considered low positive.
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