January 9, 2022 at 12:38 pm #76139JangococoParticipant
I have never had a diagnosis or a confirmed outbreak of either HSV 1 or HSV2.
I had some post-cold blisters in my nose in the last 5-6 years that could have been impetigo or hsv.
I always was super paranoid about having herpes or giving it to someone else. I have been in an exclusive relationship for 3 years and my girlfriend has never shown any signs of HSV either.
I recently had a scab in my nose that made my anxiety peak in the last week during which I was super afraid of giving it to my genitals (even if I know this is super unlikely) and I started imagining plenty of herpes and prodrome symptoms.
Today, there was a red spot on my glans that when magnified looks like a small abrasion, could you tell me if this could be herpes?
Should I get it swabbed? My anxiety keeps telling in am irresponsible in not getting every little pimple, scratch and blemish down there for hsv.
I am very hesitant to do blood test as they would not tell me where I got it, if positive.
I am seeing a therapist for my anxiety, but I would still like your opinion on my problematic.
Thanks a lot
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January 11, 2022 at 2:51 pm #76171Terri WarrenKeymaster
If you have cold sores, you have HSV 1 orally (almost certainly HSV 1). It is very common to have these outbreaks in the nostril as well.
Once you have HSV 1 in one location on your body, it is very unlikely you would get it in a new location on your body. But you could transmit this to a partner who is uninfected by giving them oral sex. It might be worth both of you getting IGG tested to know what each of you have and done have. What do you think?
January 11, 2022 at 3:04 pm #76174JangococoParticipant
Thanks for the answer! But it looks like you have not read the second part of my question.
Sorry for posting pictures, I now realize these are not allowed.
Did it look like gHSV though, does it present like dry peeling skin on the glans?
Do you usually need magnification to see the lesions?
I just cannot get over the statistic of less than 20% know they have gHSV. What is your opinion on the phenomenon behind this statistic?
If you did the antibody test and it was positive for HSV 2, you could know, with 95% certainty, that it was genital. And if antibody positive for HSV 1, that fit perfectly with your nose lesions.
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January 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm #76188Terri WarrenKeymaster
Sorry, I did miss the second part of your question.
I deleted the picture before viewing it.
When people tell me they need magnification to see lesions, it is likely never herpes.
I think people either miss their symptoms or attribute them to something else. Or if someone has HSV 1 first, those immune responses may keep HSV 2 symptoms from ever showing up
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