September 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm #74947
24 female with a sensitive and irritable vagina
9/19/2021: I had a casual protected sexual encounter. During sex, I had this burning sensation that I had to tell him to stop and he had to change condoms three times. Because of the burning, I ended up just giving him a blowjob. (He didn’t give me one.)
Some background: we met at a music festival- the weather was hot and humid and I was wearing a really tight jean shorts for two days. I noticed that my underwear those days didn’t smell pleasant.
9/21/2021: One day later I had sex, it started itching down there like crazy. No other visible lesion except two tiny red dots in my right side of labia (which then went away in a few days). I got scared and went to CVS Minuteclinic. They tested Chlamydia, gonorrhea, Trich, yeast infection, BV and a culture swab for herpes on my red dots. Everything came back negative. I did put on some Monistat cream before going to the clinic so the nurse there said yeast infection result won’t be accurate. I took a one dose fluconazole pill and kept applying Monistat. The itch was much better a few hours after.
9/23/2021: I got my period and that night the itch suddenly came back and I had to buy another box of Monistat. I kept examining my vagina using a mirror. No visible lesion just look red and irritated. No other symptoms either.
9/26/2021: It has been five days and I am still feeling itchy. With the burning sensation and how effective Monistat works for me, my guess for the problem is yeast infection. But the negative yeast infection I got the other day didnt offer me a peace of mind even though I know it may be inaccurate from the cream I applied.
Should I be worried about Herpes if the itch doesn’t go away?
September 26, 2021 at 3:28 pm #74948
A follow up question on Herpes testing in general: Should I get tested for herpes just to make sure that I am clean? I heard the test can be misleading and not recommended if you don’t have symptoms. I don’t want to regret my decision but I am also an extremely paranoid person. It’d be really helpful to hear your advice based on my sexual history.
My sexual history:
Before 2021: I was a virgin but was on dating apps a lot. I have only received oral sex from
3 casual dates. (Not protected because I thought oral sex is just like kissing) Two other
dates had attempted to have penetrative sex with me, both couldn’t go in and both were
After 2021: I had penetrative sex for the first time in March 2021 with my ex boyfriend. He
said he only had one partner before. We then had a few times of unprotected sex and he is
the only person I have had unprotected sex with. After breaking up with him I had three
hookups including the one above but all protected.
Basically my sexual history is less then two years and all penetrative sex is protected (except my ex but he only had one long term partner before me). My vagina is naturally very sensitive and irritable even before I had any types of sexual encounters. But I never had any other symptoms after sexual encounter except the itching this time.
Because of my paranoid nature, I got tested multiple times this year (the only year that I have actually been sexually active). Everything was negative. But I found out I have never tested for herpes. Knowing how common Herpes is and how common it can be transmitted through oral sex is very scary and unsettling to me. The fact that I won’t be able to know my future partner’s herpes status also makes me worried. I can’t even ask him to get tested because it’s not recommended.
So my question is should I get tested and should I ask future partner to get tested?
September 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm #75006Terri WarrenKeymaster
I do not think that you need herpes test since all of your encounters were condom protected. The risk with oral sex is HSV 1, not HSV 2, and if your test for HSV 1 was positive, you could not know if your infection was oral or genital. If I were single again, I would ask every partner to be fully tested for all STI’s, but that’s just me.
October 10, 2021 at 7:22 am #75156
I got my western kit and sent you emails a few days ago. Can I start the process with you?
October 15, 2021 at 1:32 pm #75199Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, of course!
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