July 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm #41284
I have a situation where I’ve had HSV1 on my forehead, and recently I had possible symptoms of the same infection on my genitals. These symptoms are now gone, but I don’t want to worry indefinitely about having GHSV1. So I’d like input on the possibility of this occurring. I don’t know what details will be helpful, so I’ll relate the full scenario below.
I got HSV-1 on my forehead from highschool wrestling 8 years ago. Since then I’ve have potential outbreaks about once a year. I usually get 1-2 zits on my head, and some symptoms from my first outbreak like a headache, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, or tingling in my head. Once I notice these I take my meds, usually 2 doses of 2 pills, right away and the symptoms clear up in several days. I’ve never had an outbreak that progressed as far as my first one, full blisters and bad symptoms. I’m sure I’ve taken the meds sometimes when the symptoms weren’t herpes.
About a two weeks ago I started to feel a sore throat and some head tingles, so I took the meds. Then one or two days later I noticed two small groups of red pimples on the shaft of my penis, maybe 5 in total with only 1 or 2 of them being big enough to notice without close examination. The zits didn’t itch or have any feeling. By this time the initial symptoms had subsided, and I had not taken anymore meds. The next day I noticed I had swollen lymph nodes under my chin that lasted a few hours. That was the last of the symptoms and the pimples cleared up in a few days without further meds.
These were not ingrown hairs or another STD. I think it is possible to explain the pimples with several other things. I wouldn’t have noticed them had they been somewhere else or had there been no symptoms present. The only ways I can think that I transferred HSV1 to my genitals is through autoinnoculation, though I usually wash my hands after touching my forehead, or that I’ve had GHSV1 since my initial outbreak and I’ve never noticed or it’s never presented. Thank you.
July 9, 2019 at 11:48 am #41448
It would be EXTREMELY unusual to get genital infection well after an oral infection (and yes forehead is facial and counts) has been well established. If you get the bumps again, I would suggest that you get them swab tested to be sure but even from your presentation, it doesn’t sound like herpes lesions. The only reason I suggest this is that you raise the possibility of having acquired both at the same time.
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