1. The fact that my mom got sick 10 days later, does that have anything to do with it? Does sickness alone indicate infection or does it always have to be accompanied by the OB?
2. So water dripping down my leg from the OB and then me wiping my leg with my towel is of no concern? Would the water kill the virus? Would the two minute time elapse from her touching the towel to the time she touched her face be enough time to kill the virus? Does HSV-2 not like the facial area as much anyway?
3. Percentage-wise, would you say 100% that this is a nonissue scenario?
4. Does this question sound far-fetched and irrational to you?
5. Say the towel DID directly touch the OB, then mom touched the exact spot on the towel that touched the OB and then she touched her face, can herpes be spread like that? I’m concerned because she has that red raw skin under her nose which I would assume isn’t intact skin.
6. Does Valtrex get out of the system in 5 to 7 days regardless if a person has been on it for, say, one month or one year or five years?
7. “The virus is transmitted from the penis, anus, top of scrotum in men. Outbreaks can occur anywhere in the boxer shorts area, but the thick skin of the buttocks and thighs are abdomen do not allow for viral shedding. Viral shedding only happens in areas of the body with very thin skin.” I’m female but I read this from another post in the forum and it confuses me. For example, I don’t understand how you can’t shed from buttocks but you can get an OB on buttocks. I don’t understand the difference here between transmitted, outbreaks, and shedding–I thought those were all the same thing. Can you explain this for a female body as opposed to the male example quoted here. I remember reading on the forum “from the waist to the mid thigh.” I’m not sure if that’s in relation to the boxer shorts area.
8. I have had herpes for a number of years, but I was recently diagnosed after being misdiagnosed with negative swabs, no primary, small OBs that didn’t represent herpes. Anyway, so I’ve had it a number of years and lived my life normally, as in I didn’t take precautions with towels like my scenario above and everyone turned out fine. And I’m sure there would have been times where incidents did occur that if they happened now, I would be concerned about them, just like I am with this towel incident. Now that I know I have it, EVERY little scenario runs through my head and I’m terrified of infecting others. I guess how do you propose I go about life without feeling like a contagion? As you’ll read below, I’m scared now that every little bump on my body is related to H.
9. I also worry now about every little bump I find, whereas before my dx, I wouldn’t have thought anything of it. For example, I get single pimple-like bumps on my torso area and they can go as high up as the top of the ribs. Like, I’ll have one bump by my belly button, one bump by my ribs, one bump on my sternum. The bumps sometimes seem to have clear fluid in them and other times just a reddish bump. Sometimes they seem like a clogged pore. They are small in size. They don’t itch or hurt and are not accompanied by any tingling or burning. Being that I’ve had H for a number of years and only ever had OBs in my perineum and anal area, are pimple-like bumps on my torso area likely not related to H? I don’t believe I would have autoinoculated myself whenever I first contracted H. If I did autoinoculate myself, I would’ve known it, right? I’m concerned that these bumps on my stomach are from autoinoculation and I just didn’t notice until now. Is that possible? I don’t know if I need to be concerned that these bumps are infectious. If these bumps disappear or don’t disappear on the daily Valtrex, will that indicate whether or not they are H?
10. One day recently I noticed on-and-off tingling in my right thumb. I would describe it as a twitching/pinched nerve feeling. The feeling would last for a few seconds and go away. It happened about five or so times throughout the day. The next day I had a fluid-filled small bump on the inside of my right wrist. The fluid was clear. The bump didn’t hurt or itch or tingle or bother me at all. Would the thumb twitching be a prodrome followed by an OB on the wrist? The bump lasted about three days. I was also on the daily suppressive Valtrex for at least a week by the time of this incident.
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