May 28, 2019 at 5:07 am #37374
Last week I met a trans CSW. She gave me a massage and then rubbed our penis’ together for about 2 minutes. I thought this was low risk, but then developed some symptoms.
Three days after this encounter I noticed a tiny blister on my foreskin. I went in for a PCR swab the next day, and am waiting for the results. In the meantime I wanted to ask a couple of questions because I’m really anxious. I also have a tingling sensation where the blister appeared which seems to be getting worse.
1)the blister appeared three days post exposure, but since popping it with my fingers to do the PCR swab it has completely healed and disappeared (4 days after it appeared). Do you think it could still be symptomatic of a primary gential herpes outbreak?
2)If the PCR comes back negative, do you feel that it is conclusive, or given the symptoms would it be wise for me to have a blood test as well?
3)What is your clinical opinion (i know its only an opinion) of my likelihood of HSV infection?
I’m really grateful for any answers you might have for these questions.
May 29, 2019 at 7:55 am #37481
Well, I’m not sure what tiny is to you but generally, most people with brand new herpes do not describe the lesions as tiny nor singular. While the contact that you had is not risk free, it is low risk for sure.
Was the blister intact when it was swab tested or had it broken open? Did you break it open to allow someone to swab the contents? I’m not sure what you meant there. If the blister was intact before you went in, and is negative, I think that would be quite reliable, yes.
This sounds unlikely to be herpes to me. If the PCR is negative and you cannot relax about this, you could get an IgG antibody test, yes
May 29, 2019 at 8:59 am #37491
Thanks for the reply. In answer to your questions- By tiny i would say 1mm wide and 2mm long. It was slightly raised from the surface but hardly. When I went in for the swab the blister was intact, and looked just as it had done 24 hours earlier when I frist noticed it. I did the swab myself (the nurse asked if I wanted to) by first rubbing the swab against the blister, then breaking the blister between my fingernails and rubbing the swab against where the blister had been. There didn’t seem to be any fluid in the blister but it was so small that it was very hard to tell. I was doing this myself, and i think I pinched a little too hard because there was a little blood on the swab too. So thats a more detailed description of what happened.
What I find strange is that the last couple of days (I am now 8 days post exposure) I have had loads of tingling sensations around the area where the blister was, and mild pain in my groin. My foreskin seems to be a little swollen and I’m having trouble with dribbles of urine coming out after I pee. I wondered if it is common to have these symptoms after herpes blisters have gone? From what I read it seems that these are more often symptoms prior to the formation f blister(s). I know that I irritated the area when I tried to pinch the blister open, and so may have given myself some sort of infection, but the area looks fine now apart from a little swelling.
May 30, 2019 at 8:23 am #37531
This is not a common scenario for after herpes, no. And your description of the lesion sounds nothing at all like new herpes to me. Did you get the PCR results back yet?
May 31, 2019 at 4:21 am #37842
PCR came back negative. I might go in for a blood test next week just to be sure, but I suspect it was more my own anxiety that was the problem. Thanks for your diagnostics, Alex
June 3, 2019 at 12:22 pm #37952
I’m happy that your swab test was negative, as I expected that it would be from the description you wrote of your lesion. Remember if you are going to do a blood antibody test to do only IgG testing, never IGN testing
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