April 22, 2021 at 9:38 am #73309Darnell72Participant
I am 48 year male. Never had any STDs that I am aware of. 2 years ago had sexual encounter with CSW. I freaked out and almost immediately took an STD test (about 2 weeks later) and it came back negative. No symptoms of any sort in past 2 years. Then 8 weeks ago I noticed a sore on my penis, just below the head. Didn’t think much of it.
About the same time I was experiencing pain in my abdomen that felt like a hernia. It had been on/off for about 6-7 months. Had an ultrasound 6 months ago that was negative. It got bad in late February (8-9 weeks ago) and my symptoms lead my PCP to believe I might have had prostatitis. He put me on strong antibiotics for 2 weeks. Then around that time I noticed this sore on my penis.
After 2 weeks there was no improvement so he did a CT scan. Nothing. Referred me to my urologist.
I saw my urologist and he asked about STDs. I told him about my encounter 2 years prior and he said I should retest. Full STD panel. All negative except HSV-2. The IgG came back at 1.17. Urologist gave me 10 days of antivirals. I learned that the IgG might be a false positive, so I asked him about another test and he ordered a PCR blood (not swab). It came back negative, but I was taking the antivirals when I took the test, so I don’t trust it.
My sore… this is the odd part. It has never healed in nearly 8 weeks. Tiny sort that sometimes looks like a whitehead, sometimes like a little scratch. Never broken. Never oozed. Never bled. It just won’t heal and go away. Treated with topical steroid… no improvement. Doesn’t hurt much… feels like a sunburn… hurts 1/10 at most.
It has been 2 weeks since off antivirals. Can I retake the PCR now? And what is up with the sore? I have never heard of a STD sore lasting 8 weeks. So odd. I’ve looked at 1000 images online and mine doesn’t match any. Confused and VERY frustrated. Suggestions?
Sorry for long post.
April 26, 2021 at 1:01 pm #73374Terri WarrenKeymaster
A blood PCR should never have been done – herpes is not in the bloodstream.
Herpes lesions don’t last 8 weeks. I would strongly suggest that you see a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.
April 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm #73401Darnell72Participant
Oops… I didn’t see your response and I added another question (I thought my original question had been removed or lost). Please ignore the question I just posted 5 minutes ago.
I am concerned a dermatologist will just say it is herpes since my IgG said so. Should I get a better test first? Should I get the Western Blot? I don’t want to go in circles, and unless the dermatologist is an expert in STDs I am concerned it will just be called as herpes.
I told my urologist the same thing you said… that the sore was nothing like herpes, and he said “everyone manifests differently” and blew it off. You think a dermatologist will handle it better?
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