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Yes, thank you.
I’m sorry, I am just extremely worried and anxious about the encounter I had 8 days ago that I mentioned in another thread. I am really hoping I am not the one of a thousand who may have become infected. I see this as a very potentially life changing situation that I am not sure I can deal with. I know the anxiety and guilt of what I’ve done is most likely the root cause, however, it is so hard to ignore all of the little things I’m feeling and resist the urge to not call my doctor.
Also, the fact that my girlfriend of 4 years is leaving the state for new a job on Monday is adding the stress. We still live together, but decided to mutually end things about two months ago. It was quite messy at first, but after talking we’ve come to the realization that we can be civil. We wanted to have one last fun weekend together, which would have possibly included sex. Friday will be 10 days post exposure. Would you suggest against not having sex or are you comfortable saying I have not been infected based off a protected one time encounter?
Sorry for the long story, but I really feel like I have nobody else to talk to at this time.
If symptoms do not appear within 10 days, could I safely resume safe sexual activity or wait until after I can get a IgG test?
Thank you so much for your help. It has been invaluable.
Thank you for your response. I feel reassurance in the 1 in a 1,000 chance that I may be infected. I am hoping that the dull pain in hamstrings and “jelly-like” feeling in my legs is more anxiety driven – possibly a blood flow issue due to adrenaline. Or the fact that it has been all I’ve been thinking about is my legs and what I’m feeling. I’ve also been dealing with two other very stressful situations which may be compounding the problem. Also, I’ve noticed the issue for roughly 24 hours. Would pre symptons last that long with out any visible sores or lesions on your first outbreak?
The shingles I had were a little over two years ago that went up the back of my neck and onto my head. I remember the feeling of them coming in and it was a painful stinging and I could almost feel them moving. Would these be similar symptoms if I were to have a HSV outbreak?
The waiting is the worst and thinking that I am going to have a infection with such a horrible stigma is not fun. Honestly, I would not feel as stressed/anxious if I did not have the feeling in my legs. The feeling of despair and restless is really difficult. I truly believe my chances are low risk, but due to my anxiety/OCD its like a part of my brain doesn’t want to believe it.
- This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by AnxiousandAshamed.
I should also mention that, while I have never had symptoms of HSV1, my parents and sister get them, so I’m sure I have been exposed to it at some point in my life. I have also had shingles two years ago, although I believe they are pretty unrelated to HSV2.
I know that the condom does give off some degree of protection, however, I am extremely worried about the base of the penis which had to have been exposed.
The anxiety of this is what is killing me. I keep thinking that my legs feel tired and I am just waiting to experience flu symptoms, even though I have had a flu shot. I’ve been pretty much popping Lorazepam like Pez in order to deal with the stress and anxiety, but even that doesn’t seem to help much. I travel a lot for work and I petrified of having a breakout while I am halfway across the country. I am also going to Germany in two weeks and have no idea what to do if something happens out there.