May 28, 2019 at 7:06 pm #37467
Hi Terri, I am a 44 years old male with no history of STD’s. 3 weeks ago I received unprotected oral sex from a female sex worker. The oral contact was only for a minute and did not involve vaginal or anal contact. Since then I have been having different symptoms. I went to the urgent care on day 9 as I saw bumps on the side of the nose and my right eye was itching and red. The Dr ordered a full std test panel and it was negative for everything. He also started me on twice a day Valtrex (1000 mg) as a precaution. I took the medicine for a couple of days and started to have itching and rashes all over my body (Chin, nose, cheeks, arms, legs, fingers, belly and back). I was also having itching, prickly burning sensation in my groin, anal, perinuem and side of the thighs. I took one dose per day for a couple of days and went to the urgent care again on the 15 day as I noticed some bumps on my penis and scrotum. They did the whole std panel again including hsv1 and 2 and they all came back negative. The bumps did not ulcerate, they are itchy sometimes but are not hurting. Then I started the valtrex again for the last couple of days and now I have rashes on my cheeks which are burning up, I am dizzy sometimes, have pain behind my ears and have upper abdominal pain. I also feel prickly pain/itching on my scrotum, perinuem and anal area.
1) Can I get Herpes or a std with this limited sexual contact. 2) Is this a herpes outbreak or am I reacting to Valtrex 3) Is it a reaction to Valtrex or the medicine is stopping me from having an outbreak. 4) Should I continue to take Valtrex 5) I have been under a lot of stress and anxiety, can this cause rashes or bumps 6) If it is a herpes outbreak, my biggest concern is transmitting it to family. If I touch a bump/rash that has not become a open sore, is it still contagious or only the sores/open ulcers are contagious 7) Can sharing a towel/spoon/bottle of water etc transmit the virus?
May 29, 2019 at 8:04 am #37485
1. You could get HSV 1 genital infection from receiving oral sex, correct, but the time was so short and your symptoms don’t fit well with that diagnosis.
2. I think you are reacting to the Valtrex and you may wish to talk with the prescriber about stopping it.
3. What you describe does not sound infectious to your family but you might consider seeing a dermatologist to have this rash diagnosed.
4. I am not concerned about you sharing utensils or bottles of water with others, no.
5. I don’t think stress could cause this type of rash, no.
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