[Question #3661] Possible Herpes?

36 months ago
Hi, About 4 weeks ago I went to a massage parlor and got a happy ending where she used light massage oil. All she did was perform a handjob and did NOT perform oral or vaginal as well as no saliva on my penis. I instantly regretted my decision for a myriad of reasons (diseases, girlfriend, etc...) 
Later that evening I started to feel itchy in my gential area (scrotum, penis) and this continued a get a bit more bothersome for the next 2 days. On the 2nd day I woke up and it would burn (not extremely painful) when I would pee and this made me freak out that I may of caught an 
STD so I went and had some labs done. I tested for everything under the sun HIV, HSV (1,2) , Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis (A,B,C) and Syphilis, also had Urinalysis. All of which came back NEGATIVE for everything but I did see my urine PH was >=9 so if I would drink enough water it wouldn't happen. 

This somewhat put my mind at ease to know they were all negative but I couldn't let it go because the symptoms persisted

I started to do my own research and found out a few things:

1. No STD causes symptoms same day or even as early as one day from event.
2. HSV 1,2 you have to wait up to 3 months or longer for testing
3. Can't get an STD from a handjob but can't let it go since it all started since that event.

My current symptoms are fatigue, malaise, headaches, burning and itching on my scrotum, penis shaft under the head, pain in the head of my penis, sometimes anus and thighs, groin pain that will travel down my thighs. I do occasionally get a burning sensation in the tip of my penis but I have NEVER had any lesions or sores. I recently had a dermitolgist take a look down there and everything looks fine.

My question is I *seem* have a lot of herpes symptoms but no lesions or sores and am wondering if maybe I have an atypical case. I did recently do another HSV1,2 igG test at 3 weeks which came back negative for both so as far as tests go it proofs I didn't have HSV before. I'm sure I'm way over thinking this and my anxiety about the entire situation 
is making it worse and probably intensifying symptoms but I wanted to ask for peace of mind.

Thank you for your time and patience
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
I am very pleased to tell you that nothing you did at this encounter has any risk whatsoever for acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.  You are at ZERO risk for an STI.  I don't know why you are having these symptoms but it has nothing to do with an infection. 

Terri
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36 months ago
Thank you Terri for your reply!

That's good to know that this was a ZERO risk encounter and should help put my mind at ease that my symptoms aren't due to a recent herpes infection from the encounter I described. 

I do have a followup question, would my symptoms explain a new herpes infection if I acquired it from my girlfriend? Now I don't think she has it based on her previous sexual history (even tho I don't have know her HSV status via blood test). Also would not recommend me retesting in 2 months to totally rule out herpes as being responsibility for my symptoms or should I just drop that reasoning entirely and accept that whatever is going on with my has NOTHING to do with herpes?

Thank you for your time, patience and the service you guys offer.

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
I really feel that your symptoms are quite general and not specific at all to herpes - can people with herpes have these symptoms?  Yes, but the main thing we are looking for with new herpes is sores. Could you have acquired it from your girlfriend?  Sure, she could be infected and not know it but honestly, with no sores, I think it is unlikely.  and I don't see a need for a second antibody test unless you do develop sores or if she for some reason tests positive for HSV 2.

Terri
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36 months ago
Ah gotcha, thank you Terri for your expertise and advice about this. I will just move on that this my symptoms aren't related to herpes whatsoever and could be stress or something else that is defiantly not related to any STI.

Thank you very much and we can close this out.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
You are most welcome and let us know if you have any further questions.

terri
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