[Question #2489] Herpes Question/UTI

45 months ago
Hello, 
I posted here 2 times about a recent exposure I had with a guy friend 2 months ago. I was tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trich, HIV. and tested positive for trich. I was not tested for Syphilis, Hep C, and Herpes.  My biggest concern is Herpes. I was recently reading a story about how a woman contracted herpes. The story lead me to do research into herpes. I read that majority of people has the HSV virus and does not know, but the CDC states that people begin to show symptoms around 2-20 days after being infected. How come people are claiming that they first initial out-breaks  from Herpes was years after the sexual exposure?.  I am now worried that my last encounter and possibly my ex fiance may have had HSV and did not know it. They were the only two guys I ever had unprotected sex with. My fiance never had any open sores nor did my guy friend. I have not had any symptoms of herpes except for a bump that appeared after I shaved, but the bump appeared weeks after I had my last sexual encounter with the guy friend that passed me Trich. I was confident that it was a hair bump because it was not an open sore. Just a lump and it went away after some days, but I am now second guessing myself because of the stories I researched  about people missing their symptoms. I went to the clinic and asked for a test and they told me that they do not do it unless I am showing visible signs! What if the virus is dormant in me and I do not know? Everyone's body reacts differently to Herpes.  

I also was told I have a UTI and I feel like my symptoms mimic those from Herpes. I have a dull cramp in lower abdomen that goes to my back. My initial thought was that this is a UTI so I went and got checked, and sure enough I developed a UTI.  However when reading different stories about herpes, women expressed that they had similar symptoms.  

I guess my questions are

Is it possible that I have herpes? 

Is it true that herpes can lay dormant for years after initial exposure? 

Could I possi


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
There is a difference between first initial outbreak and first RECOGNIZED outbreak.  Many people who contract herpes confuse those initial symptoms with something else.  And for people with HSV 1, their symptoms may be so mild that they go unnoticed. 
For the records, herpes does not cause a dull cramp in the lower abdomen. 
Any sexually active person can acquire herpes, so yes, it is possible that you have herpes and don't know it.  It is also true that the virus can lay dormant for years before symptoms appear. 
The CDC says about herpes antibody testing that herpes testing should be "considered" when patients are requesting an STD screen. 
If you want to know if you have herpes, you can obtain an IgG type specific antibody testing.  If your provider does not want to do this test for you, you can order it yourself on the internet with any number of different companies that will send you to a local lab for the blood draw.

Terri
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45 months ago
Hi, I have been having a tingling sensation on vagina lips and also itchy thighs.  It's been 2 months since the encounter and I am thinking that maybe I have herpes.  Is it possible 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
Is it possible?  Yes, if you've ever had sex herpes is possible.  But tingling and itching does not equal herpes.  If you want to know if you have herpes, you need either a swab test of a lesion or an IgG type specific blood test.  Anything else is just guessing and speculating and there's not much point in that, I don't think

Terri
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45 months ago
Thanks for the information and if there aren't any visible sores or symptoms can it still be passed on? 
And what if I never had any symptoms out of the 2-20 day period? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
If you have herpes and you have no sores,the virus can still be passed to a sex partner through asymptomatic viral shedding.  If you have no symptoms within 2-20 days after possible exposure, infection is less likely but cannot be ruled out as 80% of those infected, as indicated by positive antibody testing, deny having herpes symptoms or herpes infection.

Terri
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