[Question #2752] OMG do i have herpes? i am having MAJOR panic attacks.

43 months ago
40y/0 male uncircumsized. i had unprotected sex with my girlfriend on 9/8 then had unprotected sex with a good friend of mine on 9/11.  on 9/15 i noticed a small tear/ulcer right at the crease between the foreskin and head.  i went camping and didnt shower for 2 days and it became very foul smelling (sorry). i was able to clean up but the ulcer never went away. a few days later three red bumps with yellow tips formed and now became small red uclers that ooze and bleed a little.  the original ulcer has not healed.  i feel pain in my buttocks and feet but that could be paranoia as im completely freaked out. both girls SWEAR They are clean and have been tested. i got a full STD/IGG test on 9/19 and it was negative but i know it could be too early.  i have read every herpes article and seen every picture on the web.  i am praying this is balanitis but i dont think it would cause those three blisters.  there is one other skin peeling whitish small spot on the head of the penis but it has not blistered yet. please help! 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
this is very concerning for possible herpes.  Please - go in TODAY to get these swab tested right away.  Do not wait until some time in the future as the test will become inaccurate as time passes.  Urgent care will see you for this if your regular provider cannot get to see you today.  Your antibody test may be useful in determining if this is new or old infection IF the swab test is positive, but it will not necessarily help with you possible new infection.  When you do get the swab test, please ask if they can do the PCR or NAAT test vs. a culture.

Terri
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43 months ago
oh my god now im panicking even more. i have a urologist appointment on friday at 1pm. if i go to urgent care and it is positive, do i have to take medications for the rest of my life? and what is the urgency of going today? its too late to start meds for this outbreak isnt it?  is there any chance that this is something else? and i got tested almost 10 days after last exposure, wouldnt that be enough to show at least SOME results on the IGG.  im so upset right now. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
We just talked on the phone.  I want you to go in and be swab tested today for greatest test accuracy.  Please. 
I know you are upset and I understand but don't get immobilized by your fear. 
10 days is too soon for changes in in the IgG tet

Terri
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