March 23, 2015 at 2:51 am #5704riskysexParticipant
Hey there, Great work here found a lot of good information that was hard to find elsewhere.
I am a male and 12 days ago I had a one night stand. I noticed no cold sores on the girl. received unprotected oral sex, and kissed the girl as well. We also had sex but that was with a condom. After that night, I have been doing some serious traveling changing time zones (no other sexual partners since then). I finished my travels 7 days ago. I bring this up because around 6-7 days after my one night stand, two days after arriving home, around Tuesday, I began to suffer from an extremely uncomfortable sore throat, and had a lot of fatigue that I blamed on jet-lag and getting sick from traveling, but the following flu-symptons that typically follow a sore throat never arrived (cough and mucous).
Didn’t really think much of this until yesterday (saturday) when after a day of being in the sun I noticed the corner of my left lip burned and would hurt whenever I would open my mouth. When I looked at it closely it seemed to be growing what appeared to be extremely small blisters. The redness and burning has somewhat went down within the last 24 hours, but it is not completely unnoticeable. I will attach a photo of what I hope is not a cold sore.
So, based on these facts, do you believe I have contracted HSV-1 orally? If I was exposed to HSV-1 both orally (from kissing) and genitally (from unprotected oral sex), is there a chance that I contracted HSV1 both orally and genitally from the same sexual encounter at the same time? I have read your posts about the unlikelihood of contracting HSV1 genitally if you already have hsv1 orally due to your bodies reserve of antibodies, but it does not seem likely that this to be the case if you expose both the oral and genital parts of your body to the virus in the same sexual encounter?
Also, I shared cigarrettes with a group of friends yesterday (meaning we all smoked from the same cigarette) BEFORE I noticed what I believe may be a cold sore. Are they at risk???
So my questions:
From my circumstances and photo do you believe I have contracted herpes?
From my circumstances, what are the chances that I contracted herpes orally and genitally from the same sexual encounter (so far zero symptoms for genital herpes)
Considering my circumstances what are the chances that I may have passed the virus on to my friends when sharing the same cigarette?
And most importantly, what should I do next??
Thank you for your help
March 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm #5707Terri WarrenKeymaster
Your picture came out so small I can’t see anything in the corner of your mouth. Is there a way you can make it larger for me but maintain it’s clarity and resolution?
Yes, it is possible to acquire HSV 1 both orally and genitally at the same encounter, just in the way that you describe. However, it would be very unlikely for a true first herpes infection to be symptomatic for such a short time and then resolve. Also, look at the other side of your mouth where you don’t notice the symptoms and see if what you describe as tiny blisters are on the skin there as well. Sometimes when people have sensations like burning, they look closely and see bumps that might actually be normal but are now noticed.
My next question is have you ever had an antibody test for HSV 1? It might not be a bad idea to obtain one now – how long has it been since the contact?
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