[Question #1450] PLEASE DON'T DELETE...these are LEGITIMATE HSV symptoms!!

47 months ago
Hi Doctors. Please don't delete...I have LEGITIMATE symptoms!! If I wasn't having symptoms, there would be no need to post. In September I had an HSV IGG test...I was positive for HSV1 (1.27) and negative for HSV2 (<0.90).  Since this IGG test, I have received unprotected oral sex from 2 CSWs. Following the unprotected oral  from the first CSW (on Nov. 2), I developed 3 small sores on my scrotum only (about a millimeter each)...these were slightly sore to the touch and burned a little when not being touched...they appeared 3-5 days later. The sores were spaced together on the scrotum...there was NO HAIR FOLLICLE coming out of any of these sores. They resembled small canker sores in appearance...very small and whitish ulcers on a red base, although there was no blister or fluid that I could tell. Again, they were sore and burned. They seemed to fade away after about a week or so. Guess what???!! They're back!!! Yesterday (Nov. 30) which was about 3 weeks after the first episode, I noticed the exact same 3 small sores on the scrotum in the EXACT same place...again, NO HAIR FOLLICLES, and they are a little sore. These 3 small sores are back in the exact same location on the scrotum. I realize that none of you have ever seen a case of HSV2 received from oral sex in your careers...but it could be possible I am the very first case you have seen. What else could be the explanation?..there is no hair near the sores, they went away and came back in the same place, and they just flat out look like herpes.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
47 months ago

This is the only reply you will receive to this question.  The question will be closed in a few hours.

This is your 6th question with one of the three of us and your second, repetitive question in three weeks.  Your questions are repetitive and not "legitimate" as they have been answered before- you just cannot accept the answers that three highly experience experts have given you.  Instead you continue to obsess and search for signs and symptoms of infection.  THIS IS NOT HEALTHY BEHAVIOR!!!  I cannot tell you what the newest "lesions" that you think you have found might be- if they are truly lesions, test them with a PCR test - I am confident that the test will be negative once again proving that lesions that you think are herpetic are not.  Hair follicles are found throughout the body and many do not even have visible hairs in them.  further, benign cutaneous cysts are common on the scrotum. 

You stated in an earlier post that you had heard our advice about counseling but there is no evidence that you have sought it.  I will reiterate that advice- you are not thinking clearly about this, you are unduly worried about herpes and I believe you need professional help to address your unjustified fears. 

With that, I will paste in comments Dr. Handsfield gave you three weeks ago-

"I have no confidence that hearing the same answers yet again is going to help you further. You are going to continue to worry, and hearing the same information now or in the future isn't going to change anything. This is clearly a mental health issue:  it is seriously abnormal to be so unable to accept or process this sort of infection, or to separate your likely anxieties over a sexual decision you regret from herpes or other disease consequences from that event. Accordingly, the only thing I can recommend is professional counseling. I truly suggest it from compassion, not critiicism." And that remains my advice.


Repetitive anxiety driven questions are not permitted, to protect users from themselves (paying for information with obvious answers), and because such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the main reasons for the forum. There will be no further discussion on this thread, and any future new threads from you will be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee. Good bye and good luck."     EWH
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47 months ago
Hi Dr. Hook, Thank you for your reply. I appreciate everything you are saying. I AM seeking counseling, but it is also true I am having some kind of symptoms that I have not had previously. Perhaps the symptoms are not legitimate, but they are real and not imagined...and they are occurring with the exact time frame of herpes. As you can imagine, it's a lot easier to just dismiss the possibility of herpes when symptoms NEVER appear, but when symptoms actually occur that look so much like herpes, it is natural to be concerned, in my opinion. I had a real encounter with a CSW, and I'm having symptoms. It's not as if I'm symptom free and posting on this forum to ask about the possibility of herpes in the absence of any actual post-encounter symptoms. Also, even though you've never seen HSV2 from oral sex and it is incredibly rare, doesn't mean it can't happen. I would get a PCR test, but unfortunately I've never found any place that offers PCR testing anywhere. Every place I've seen offers HSV cultures only. I'm visiting in another state and don't have a regular doctor here, so it seems PCR testing is impossible. I will try to call a million places and see if anyone offers PCR.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
47 months ago

There are multiple commercial laboratories that offer PCR tests. 


This thread is now closed.  EWH

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