April 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm #23999kdfriopelParticipant
about 18 months ago, I got HSV-1 genitally (swab test, HSV 1 only). Came with fatigue, lymph nodes, fever etc.
After the initial outbreak, I’ve had 3-4 episodes since then that were mild (1-3 tiny spots spaced out about 1/4” from each other). Came with the tingling and moderate ‘internal’ pain in the area and the some sting from the healing process. Nothing crazy.
Since then, I have had other sexual relationships and was tested for other STDs which came back negative. I didn’t have any other reason to feel a need to re-test for HSV.
My new girlfriend and I started dating about 4 weeks ago, but have not been tested yet (we will, don’t worry. This post is for peace of mind for the next few weeks til results come in, especially hers).
We’ve not had full unprotected sex together (if so, less than 10 seconds maybe once or twice before putting a condom on. Trying to be responsible you know, sometimes it’s hard!!).
Three days ago on Friday, I got the same tingling etc. that made me think another OB was coming, however it felt a bit more intense than what I was used to. Not that i fully remember because my recurrences aren’t frequent, but felt more achy/itchy/swollen in the one precise location (pubic bone about 1.5” above-left from the base of my penis). It became a small spot, but upon further examination it was about 5-6 even smaller spots in a space slightly smaller than the size of a penny. No fever, no swollen lymph nodes, no fatigue, nothing. It’s Monday and it’s already scabbed up and healing, hardly any pain anymore.
Because things seemed a bit different than its regular presentation (more than 1-2 spots evenly spaced, and slightly more intense ‘internal’ discomfort etc.), I’ve gotten the idea in my head that I’ve possibly gotten HSV-2 genitally. Am I losing it? I’ve been stressed lately with work, drinking a bit more, and grandfather’s death. I read that it is possible to get 2 after 1, but unlikely. Thoughts?
I’m a circumcised, 31, white male
April 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm #24041Terri WarrenKeymaster
I don’t think you are losing it, I think you are just concerned because this appearance was different than usual. But I think it is completely within the normal range for HSV 1. An antibody test for HSV 2 is easy to get, for both of you, to relieve your worries and you don’t have to have a clinician order to get it any more.
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