[Question #4690] HSV Incubation Period and testing

30 months ago
Hello,
I participated in some homosexual genital rubbing last saturday with a bloke of unknown status. I have been doing light research and found that some STDs can be transmitted from touching of this sort. It's been 9 days since the exposure and from what i've seen HSV (primary outbreak) usually happens within 2-10 days following an exposure. Rubbing out penises together was quick and not something I was overly concerned with until Dr. Google got involved.
How true is the 2-10 days? Can it be longer than that? If so, generally, how much longer?
Having said that it has been 9 days, am I like 90% in the clear (being 9th out of 10 days)?
If i dont see any sores by tomorrow, being the tenth day, am i totally in the clear?
30 months ago
Also, forgot to ask about testing
When it comes to the IGg test, what is the effective time frame to be tested?
Basically, what i am trying to get to the bottom of is when i can start to be sexually active again?
30 months ago
Meant to add i do have some symptoms but I'm not quite sure if they are herpes related. I have been having burning sensations in that area, mainly where my penis meets my pelvis (but not sores or blisters). Just to organize my quesitons
1)Does it sound like herpes?
2)How true is the 2-10 days? Can it be longer than that? If so, generally, how much longer?
3)Having said that it has been 9 days, am I like 90% in the clear (being 9th out of 10 days)?
4)If i dont see any sores by tomorrow, being the tenth day, am i totally in the clear?
5)When it comes to the IGg test, what is the effective time frame to be tested?
6)Basically, what i am trying to get to the bottom of is when i can start to be sexually active again?
30 months ago
I noticed this morning in the fold where my penis meets my groin and testicles that it was red where it was burning. Just FYI. I headed to the Dr soon and will fill you in on what he says. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
The 2-10 days is pretty accurate.  I've not seen symptoms start later than that when people are looking out for symptoms. And I would say that yes, you are 90% in the clear at this point.  Your minor symptoms do not sound anything like herpes to me.  The IgG test, if you decide to do it and I'm not necessarily recommending that you do, should be done much later than this.  You could do a baseline test now (which I often do for people) and then a final test at 12 weeks.  The contact that you describe seems very low risk to me - some penis to penis rubbing for a short period of time represents little risk, but not zero.  Hope your doctor's appointment went well and you were able to feel reassured about this.

Terri
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30 months ago
Hi Terri,
Thank you for the response. 
Went to a dermatologist yesterday and she said it was dermatitis. 
Following that when I was at my therapist I had a tingle go down the back of my thigh which scared the hell out of me. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
30 months ago
I think it is wise to ignore the tingle - when that is the only symptom, people very rarely have herpes.  And accept the advice of your dermatologist - they surely know the difference between dermatitis and herpes. 
Best to you

Terri
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