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Hi Terri, providing an update and more questions. I got a different igg test with Quest two days after my LabCorp test mentioned above. I got a 1.84 igg for HSV2 but tested negative on the inhibition assay. My PCP was useless and did not even acknowledge the negative supplemental test, just said “well, it still says you’re positive.” I was satisfied that the negative supplemental combined with never seeing any physical symptoms meant I was negative.
But I have a new issue. About 5 weeks after my last sexual encounter that prompted the initial testing, I have developed red, irritated skin around the edge of my glans. I started applying an antifungal cream but that has not improved much. I do not and have not seen any blisters, but there are ridges and bumps but I think it’s just dry, irritated skin. It’s not around the entire glans, only one side of it. It does not burn or itch, but it is uncomfortable, 1/10 pain.
Then, about 5 days after developing the red irritated skin, I developed a little discomfort when urinating. No burning, just mild discomfort with a lot of drops of urine after I stop peeing and my penis feels uncomfortable in my pants. I have had it for 3 days. I went to a different PCP who examined my penis and said she does not think the redness or the urethral problem are caused by HSV and did not see any classic HSV symptoms. She did a dip test on my urine and it came back negative for everything including leukocytes. My urine is also being sent out for cultures. She does not suspect herpetic urethritis and thinks I am anxious because of my elevated igg tests. She said the redness is likely caused by contact or another kind of dermatitis on my glans (perhaps from overexamining my penis) and to use vaseline and ascribed the urethra issues to non gonococal urethritis.
What do you think? Considering this and the previous post, elevated iggs, neg inihibtion assay, red irritation on glans and urethritis, does this sound like herpes? Next steps if any?