Thanks, Terri. Sorry about that, I paid for 3 more rounds.
I had another lab test for HSV-2 and Syphilis from Labcorp done on Thursday, results posted negative on Friday. This would be just about 8 weeks from exposure. Still wish I could find a way to get blood test done that would do more than just say “Less than 0.9”.
Also saw the dermatologist on Friday morning. He looked at my ankle and said something like, “well if it is herpes, it is an unusual presentation, but I’m always willing to learn.” He saw some small blisters on the edge and took some fluid for a PCR, I believe I’ll get the results on Wednesday or so. He also took a punch biopsy to look for eczema or some sort of fungus. Last week, he had done a culture on the ankle/foot area and PCR swabs on genitals, mouth and anus. All came back negative, but I’m not sure how much that tells me, other than no shedding at that time. Still encouraging news, of course.
I’m trying to be optimistic, but a few weeks ago those three red blisters in a row sure seemed like herpes blisters in my memory. I’m mentally preparing to hear that the PCR comes back positive.
Had a little scare yesterday, my grandson took a drink from a straw I had drank from earlier. I doubt that I have anything oral other than hsv-1 which I’ve had, but it still freaked me out a bit until I saw some posts of yours that cup sharing and straws are not realistic transmissions risks. Nonetheless, I’m going to be more careful about that. I haven’t had any visible lesions on either lips or genitals that I could see since the exposure (or the “boxer shorts area” since I’ve been looking there), but am still trying to be very cautious.