[Question #2187] Swollen lymph nodes

46 months ago
Hi. I have some previous questions on here but I wanted to ask some more, even though I was told everything further should be anxiety related which I totally get because I do have a lot of anxiety. Ok so 3 months ago I gave a guy oral sex and that is all. two weeks later my friend told me he has hsv2 and when I asked the guy he said he got it from a girl after me and had an outbreak 3 days later. That sounds like an initial outbreak to me, but I've just been super worried that maybe he was lying. He didn't have any symptoms when I preformed oral. Ok last week (three months after possible exposure) I had a blood test done. Negative hsv1 and equivocal hsv2 (1.02 and the equivocal range is 1.1-.91). I wasn't sure what this meant and my doctor told me to come in six weeks later. I have not had any symptoms of oral hsv2 and I have actually tried having an outbreak. I have been in the sun, I don't eat healthy, I have been REALLY stressed, I don't exercise. I haven't gotten an outbreak yet and those are the major triggers for one. The only kind of symptom I have is swollen lymph nodes but I can't get a lot of information on those in relation to hsv. I have 2 swollen nodes on the left side of my neck, 1 below my ear 1 below that (i think its my tonsil), on the right side I have the big one on my neck swelled up (i think, I'm very slim so that one might not be) and one below my ear like the left side. The back of my neck nodes are swelled up as well, at least 3 of them. None of these are tender or sore and I don't feel sick at all. I was wondering if you could help me. Could these possibly be related to hsv? Would you say that I am positive for hsv and went in too early for the blood test? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
46 months ago
The lymph nodes in your head could be enlarged for several reasons and I would not make the attribution that this is due to herpes.  I would not say that you are positive, no, but you did go in too early for an accurate blood test, yes.  I am going to keep my answer brief and focused on your questions only since we have covered this ground already

Terri
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