[Question #2781] Have I got Herpes?

43 months ago
Hi,

Around 5 weeks ago I received unprotected oral sex the Protected vaginal sex from a pornstar/escort . Not bright I know. But since last Wednesday I have been experiencing symptoms. She claimed she was clean and doesn't have anything. Showing me the text from the clinic.

My first symptom was a red spot on the tip of my penis. The next evening the spot went away and there was a red patch on the tip of my penis. Then on my shaft and on my balls. The next day it was in my ass crack. It was very itchy and felt as though my skin was crawling. However this feeling wasn't all of the time. And now since applying the cream it's got less and less. 

Iv been putting Canesten cream on the rash since Saturday and it is going away. Iv probs got rid of two thirds of the rash. However today I noticed a slight cluster of pink bumps on both my hands. How has it got on my hands? 

I have no blisters or sores/ ulcers. It hasn't hurt when I pee. And I haven't had the flu or anything. 

Could this be HSV1 or HSV2? I really hope not. 

Thanks,

J
43 months ago
Forgot to mention the day I noticed the spot on my penis. I had been masterbating with a fleshlight sex toy for probably over an hour. And I hadn't washed it in days even though I'd been using it days prior. I didn't ejaculate in it. But the old lube and stuff would of still been in there. Not sure if that could be the reason for the rash I don't know. But it wouldn't explain why I have a pink cluster of bumps on my hands.
43 months ago
I forgot to mention she was naked and gave me a back massage before and after. Sitting on my back. Her vagina probably pressed into my back thinking about it. Is the skin 3/4 the way down your back thick enough to stop transmission? Could I have got HSV2 from this?  Just got out the gym and I noticed a rash were she had been sat. But I have also been squating over 100kg and my back was leant up against a metal frame. The marks on my back do kinda resemble the marks on the metal frame though. Hard to say but I'll probs know in the morning if it had gone or is still there. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
Yes, the back skin is thick enough to prevent transmission of anything while she sat on your back. 
Have you ever in your life had a cold sore on your lip or in your nostril?  If yes, then I think that the risk of herpes here is very close to zero because the risk is the unprotected oral sex, not the protected intercourse and it would be extremely unusual to get HSV 1 in a new place after being infected orally.  The text from the clinic is also a very good sign that she is uninfected.  In addition, herpes doesn't present as you describe.  it would normally present as blisters, not as a red patch.  I don't know what is on your hands, but unless they water filled blisters, they don't sound herpetic to me.  Has any professional looked at these red patches for you?

Terri
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43 months ago
Thankyou, you don't realise how releiving that is to read. 

I'm just concerned that the rash on my back was were her vagina was. Which would likely been HSV2. The rash has faded this evening though tbh. And it's most probably from the gym as I can clearly still see an outline of the metal plate I was leant against. 

The rash down below is fading fast ever since putting on the cream. Still there slightly. But Iv been putting loads on.

I cannot remember ever having a cold sore tbh. But although I don't want either herpes I would be so much happier if it's the HSV 1. Instead of the other one. 

No I'm working away atm and haven't got access to a sexual health clinic. But I'll see someone asap. The bumps on my hands are not filled with liquid they are just clusters of pink bumps that are very small.  I'm just concerned how whatever is going on down there has moved to my hands. Making it very differcult not to pass it on to other parts of my body.

Is it possible to get one of your colleagues take on this as well please just for my own piece of mind? 



Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
Jon, we don't handle the questions like that unless I have a question for them or they have one for me.  I think they would both agree that I am able to handle any herpes question that arise on this board.  I routinely train MDs about herpes infections.
I'm glad the rashes are both improving and I will bet that they will continue to do so.  If you had whitlow, I believe you would know it.  The whitlow that I have seen inn my 33 years of specializing in herpes is remarkable and consistently blistered. 
If you need additional peace of mind, there are services on the internet where you can show a clinician your physical symptoms and ask for their opinion about what it might be.  That might be helpful for you with your hands.  We do not accept pictures at this website, sorry.
Best

Terri
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43 months ago
I didn't mean to offend. I was just thinking if I could have two experts advise that would be good but don't worry. So is a whitlow the only way of knowing it has spread to the hand? Because I definitely haven't got one of them.  but I honestly can't think of anything else this could be. 
43 months ago
And so you don't think I have HSV2? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
You didn't offend me, I'm just kind of explaining how the board works here.  No worries.
I do not think that you have HSV 2, no.  The risk, as I mentioned, is HSV 1 from the unprotected oral sex, if any risk at all.
Yes, whitlow is what you would get if you got herpes on your hand.  And it is truly remarkable, not some small red dots.  Whitlow makes substantial blisters that take quite a while to resolve - they ooze and hurt. 

Terri
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43 months ago
How long does a HSV1 outbreak usually last? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
About 3-14 days.  The average is about one week.

Terri
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