[Question #4310] Herpes question

30 months ago
Hello Doctors. I have some depression and hypochondria and it has me thinking about something that hasn't crossed my mind in 8 years. In 2010 I had a sexual encounter that was pretty much oral only, and finished with about literally five seconds of vaginal intercourse, unprotected. Not an exaggeration, about 5 seconds. Maybe 2, maybe 10, but that's it.
A month or two later I developed jock itch. It was a dry rash on the shaft of my penis, inner groin and back of thighs. It itched terribly. It never presented any blisters. It looked like pictures of jock itch I had seen. Not before or since in the last 8 years have I had any like symptoms.
I curious about a few things...could such a brief exposure lead to hsv2? The timing also seems off for any initial outbreak. And I know it can by asymptomatic, but with no symptoms in myself of partner 8 years and three kids later, given all of this info, do you think this was just jock itch and unlikely to have been herpes? 
Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
I think it is EXTREMELY unlikely that the contact that you describe would lead to an HSV 2 infection.  With no symptoms for all these years, that is more reason to believe that you are likely not infected.  Jock itch and herpes look nothing alike so they would not be confused by a professional.

Terri
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30 months ago
Thank you, Doctor. I appreciate your time. I also figured such a brief exposure would be very unlikely to cause herpes. I'll ask a couple follow ups in this message if I may, and then be on my way.
I didn't have the jock itch looked at professionally. I viewed pictures of jock itch and it looked like the pictures.
Does herpes ever present in this way, where it is a dry itchy rash that extends down the back of the thighs and the groin with rash also on the penis (with no obvious blistering)?  Or would there usually always be obvious lesions?
Thank you very much. 
30 months ago
I just ask because some websites say jock itch usually doesn't affect the penis, but other sites say it does. 
30 months ago
Thought of one other thing, sorry. Even if she was shedding the virus at the time, which I understand doesn't happen very often, would then brevity of the encounter still make it highly unlikely. I'm done now. Thanks.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
Even if she was shedding, yes, the brevity of the encounter would make infection very unlikely.
Fungal infections can impact the penis, absolutely
Herpes does not present in the way that you describe your symptoms.

Terri
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