Thank you for the reply.
My current partner has not been tested. He was ambivalent about it because either (1) he is the one who transmitted it to me, or (2) if I was already infected, he is assuming he either already has contracted it or will, since we only have unprotected sex. I’m fairly sure that if I do have it, it came from him. He’s never had any genital symptoms. He said he’s had cold sores (orally) in the past but not for a long time.
Is it normal for herpes to present as tears? I’ve never had blisters or sores. I’ve seen some references to a “paper cut” type of lesion, but the photos I’ve seen of them don’t match what mine looked like.
I also am now questioning some other odd symptoms I’ve been having that my gyn said are unrelated to my diagnosis, but now I’m unsure. Several days after my exam/swab, I started getting a deep pelvic pain. (I had no pain or other symptoms prior to the exam; just the one cut that only hurt when probed.) The pelvic pain feels like it is in my bones or deep in my muscles, not in my skin. I feel it mostly in my sit bone area, but also frequently in my anal/perineal area and occasionally near my labial area. That has now lasted over a full month, coming and going in severity but never fully resolving. In the last week or so, I’ve also started getting some intermittent itching in my labia/vaginal area, though the skin looks fine. I wondered if this was prodromal symptoms, but it has held steady (not getting better or worse) and no sores/lesions/etc. have popped up to follow it like I’ve been led to expect from most of the literature. My gyn said prodromal symptoms wouldn’t last this long and neither would an initial outbreak. My initial 7-day course of antivirals made no difference in the pelvic pain and my gyn will not Rx more without further “obvious” outbreaks. Do these symptoms sound herpes-relates, or could it be another issue? My gyn has ordered a pelvic ultrasound for next week to “give me peace of mind.”