June 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm #39663
I recently found out that the girl I have been seeing has HSV 1 orally and in the past 2 weeks have been experiencing what I think is an initial out break of HSV 1 orally and genitally. I have had unprotected intercourse and oral with her multiple times.
a week and a half ago I started to feel sick, I felt fatigue, I was congested, and had a sore throat but no fever. My neck was a little sore but did not seem like my lymph nodes were swollen. The flu-like symptoms lasted for about a week. A few days after I started to feel sick I had a white lesion appear on the inside of my bottom lip that was slightly painful but only for about 2 days but also was similar to a canker sore so I’m not sure if it was just a canker sore or a cold sore.
About a couple days ago, I had 3 itchy red bumps (about the size of a dime) appear on my thigh (one near my knee, one on the outside of my upper/mid thigh and one on the inner thigh all on the same thigh), they do not hurt and they do not appear to have any fluid in them. The 3 red bumps feel like the skin is thicker, similar to a mosquito bite. They also don’t really itch until I start to itch it. I also have a red spot on the shaft of my penis that is not painful or itchy and does not have any fluid in it.
so overall, flu-like symptoms started 2 weeks ago(lasted one week) oral sore appears 3 days after feeling sick and then the red bumps on my thigh appeared 2 days ago.
I have been tested for hsv 1 and 2 before about a year ago and both came back negative (about 11 weeks after possible exposure using Igg type specific test.
Do you think that this sounds like an initial outbreak?
What are the chances that I would be infected in both places at the same time, without her having any visible sores?
June 28, 2019 at 8:32 am #39691
Your symptoms sound nothing like herpes tome. And certainly not an initial outbreak. While it is possible to become infected when she has no sores of course, and at both places at the same encounter, your symptoms don’t fit well with herpes. The leg lesions are too scattered and are not blistered and the “flu” symptoms that you describe sound more like an upper respiratory infection than the flu symptoms associated with new herpes. While the IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 infections compared to the gold standard herpes western blot, it would still pick up 70% of infections and your symptoms just don’t fit. For the record, about half the population between 14 and 49 have HSV 1, whether they recognize symptoms or not so you’ll likely run into this again, even if the person does not know they are infected.
June 28, 2019 at 9:14 am #39698
Thank you Terri!
I just got back from the doctors office and they said the bumps were most likely due to chigger bites, which would make sense because I was just at a farm on Monday where I was walking through long grass.
Just a couple more questions. What would be the risk of transmission if I received oral for 30 seconds to a minute prior to intercourse, if she had no visible sores? Also if I were to be infected orally would that make it a much lower chance of me being infected genitally?
Thanks again for all of your help!
July 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm #40732
The risk would be very low indeed. If you have oral HSV 1, it is EXTREMELY unlikely you would acquire HSV 1 genitally.
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