[Question #2538] Herpes

44 months ago
Hi,
Ive been worrying about a possible exposure that i had recently. I was with an escort last week. We were both fully naked but did not have any oral , vaginal or anal sex. She was touching my genitals and i was carefull to only touch her upper body and buttock  but not her vagina. When i was touching her i noticed that she had a pimple on her buttocks and i am worried that it is a herpes lesion and that i may have touched it. I am worries because i often bite my nails and skin aroind my nails to the point where it bleeds slightly. When i asked her if she knew what it was she said its a misquote bite. When i mentioned herpes to her she hadn't ever heard of it. When i described herpes to her she said many years ago her 1st husband had sores in his mouth. Is there any reason for concern? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
Hello,
I don't believe that this contact presents any risk to you at all for acquiring herpes.  The kind of contact that you had, even the bump was a herpes lesions, woul dnot allow virus to get into your nails enough to infect you.  Did you rub your nail all over the bump or did you pull away when you felt the bump?  Also, I would guess that 85% of everyone I examined in my career had some sort of bumps on their bottom or thigh.  The kind of sexual contact that you had was very safe indeed.
How long ago was this contact?

Terri
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Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
Also, sores IN the mouth are most often canker sores and they are NOT caused by herpes simplex virus.

Terri
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44 months ago
The contact was a week ago. I am not worried about my nail so much i am more concerned about the skin around the nail that aometimes bleeds when i bite aggressively. Also, about your question of wether i rubbed the bump or not, i assume that i pulled away after i felt it bit i cant be sure 
44 months ago
Another issue for me is waitting thw 12 weeks for the Igg test. Is there any reputabke test that can show results and quicker than the 12 weeks? I have tested negative in the past but i am javing a hard time waitting this time around
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
you can test earlier and I would feel comfortable that you will have a negative test from this encounter.  I have no worries about the skin around the nail or the nail.  Also, if you've had no symptoms of blistering at the finger about which you are concerned in the next couple of days, you are out of the woods on this one.

Terri
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44 months ago
Why is that? I was undwr the impression that you can herpes with out symptoms. Can you elaborate? 
44 months ago
When you say i can Also just curious teat sooner how soon is ok.Also just curious if the wait time to test for the western blot is sooner.
Ty
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
People who have herpetic whitlow almost always have symptoms.  Genital herpes is different in that it's much harder to see ones' genitals, the itch of herpes can be confused with many other itches as well but whitlow (finger herpes) in my experience is remarkable.  You can test at any time because I am not concerned about you testing positive.  But if you still have concerns in spite of my reassurances, you can test at 6 weeks with about 70% accuracy and 12 weeks for a final test.  The western blot should be done no sooner than 12 weeks out.  But I must tell you I think your fears are unfounded and somewhat irrational.  I hope you can put these worried behind you but if you cannot, you have the recommended testing dates.  I personally don't think you should bother to test, and I'm pretty conservative about that!

Terri
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