January 6, 2021 at 5:45 pm #72227dd2428Participant
Below is a timeline of events in hopes you can help me understand if I have herpes, possibility it’s something else, or if I should get the Western Blot test.
8/1 – gave oral to a guy, but nothing else (no sex)
8/7 – started feeling a sore throat
8/9 – full on strep throat symptoms, painful swallow, white streaks in throat
8/11 – tested negative for; all STDs, Epstein Barr virus, mono, covid, strep
10/9 – 1st ever bump (1 bump) on penis (appeared and scabbed within 24-72 hours, no pain)
10/25 – Another bump (appeared and scabbed within 24-72 hours, no pain). Scheduled appointment with Doctor and she ordered HSV test – Upon visual examination and sharing a photo with her (and a dermatologist reviewed) they said it “appears to be irritation/inflammation” and prescribed Mupirocin ointment twice daily to any lesion and a benzoyl peroxide wash in the shower daily. She couldn’t swap it as within 24 hours the bump already scabbed and there was nothing to collect.
10/26 – tested positive for HSV 2 – asked for index value and was informed it’s either negative or positive
11/15 – 3 smaller bumps (appeared and scabbed within 24-72 hours, no pain)
11/17 – tested positive for Chlyamydia and Gonorrhoeae, and took medication for both
11/21 – 2 even smaller bumps (appeared and scabbed within 24-72 hours, no pain)
12/18 – 4-5 small bumps (no pain) – shared photo with Doctor and she said this one ““appears” to be herpes as I was recently diagnosed positive and prescribed acyclovir”
12/20 – started acyclovir
12/23 – stopped taking acyclovir as the bump was healing
Overall, I’m confused as my doctor and dermatologist said it “appeared” to be an irritation/inflammation and then later said it “appeared” to herpes. Also maybe the sore throat was my initial outbreak? And if so, if I only did oral wouldn’t I be positive for HSV1? And why would I have bumps on my penis?
Lastly, should I get the Western Blot test as my doctor can’t tell me the index value?
January 7, 2021 at 1:24 pm #72261Terri WarrenKeymaster
If the only contact that you had was giving oral sex, your genitals were not involved and symptoms there would be unrelated. But if you are truly HSV 2 positive, then your genital symptoms could be from a longer standing HSV 2 infection. You need an index value on your test. Both LabCorp and Quest give index values on their tests. What lab did your test?
- This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Terri Warren.
January 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm #72267dd2428Participant
Sorry, I forgot to add that in the beginning of October I did have unprotected sex. And I took a test from Kaiser (HSV 2 IGG, EIA). I emailed my Doctor and she said there’s no index value, it’s either positive or negative.
January 8, 2021 at 11:32 am #72277Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, Kaiser is terrible about that. You need to get a test from LabCorp or Quest that will give you an index value so we can sort out if it is in the low positive range. You can order this yourself online. You could also ask your doctor to ask the lab for your index value, but I doubt that they will give it to you.
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