[Question #4823] Can I have sex with my wife given my negative blot

27 months ago
Dear Terri, 

After 11 months following encounter and negative blots and igGs i still struggle to accept the negative blot as i have itching between thigh scrotum and anal regions. 

Can i feel safe and resume sexual intercourse with my wife?

exposure: Protected encounter with csw for few minutes and symptoms of constant itching for first few months and subsided and they come back on and off. I read few posts that were negative on blot and still positive and they freak me out. Can i be assured that this result is final and i can move forward and have sexual intercourse with my wife? 

Pls help me get over this. I got broken skin twice between thighs when evaluated visually by nurse and a doctor turned out not to bw herpes. There was no blisters just a broken skin. No swab was done as they did not feel like herpes.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
I do think you can feel reassured but I am a little confused by your post - did you have IgG and western blots or were they immunoblots?  Please help clarify.
The itching and even broken skin between thigh and scrotum are almost always fungal infections. 

Terri
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27 months ago
Sorry for not being clear, I had 4 negative iggs out of which two were immunoblots, two were Elisa and the final one was Westernblot from UoW. All are negative. 

The anal and genital itching returns whenever I sweat specially, this is something I am having a hard time dealing with all the few months. Don’t even want to pass anything to my wife she is a nice women. The skin abnormality did feel like it occurred due to friction and healed in 2.5 days completely.. 

So can I have intercourse with my wife then and feel safe? We need to start a family and I don’t want to risk my life further at all. 

Thanks and pls advise. 

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
I'm glad to hear that one of your tests was a western blot from the University of Washington (that is not an immunoblot for those of you unaware of the test names)
So here's the deal - the itching that you feel fits perfectly with a fungal condition - kind of a yeast infection in the groin for me.  So common and definitely gets worse with sweating as the moisture and darkness provide a perfect environment for growth of the fungus.
With a negative western blot, you need to do your best to let go of these worries - you don't have herpes.

Terri
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27 months ago
Thank you Terri.

Will There be any risk of catching herpes on ear if someone with unknown status touch the ear with their mouth? I was playing with a kid who I am not sure if she has herpes or not while playing she happened to touch her mouth on to my ear. I resisted immediately after I felt the lip touching and slight licking(don’t know if she really licked it) for a sec to two seconds at the max. 
Do you see any concerns with this exposure for oral herpes to transmit on to the ear? 
Given if they have or don’t have? Can the virus get transmitted on the ear area? 
I know that skin is tough over there. Please advise. 
I have seen no posts related to herpes transmission via mouth to ear anywhere. Please advise. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
I am closing this post as well as your other post.

Terri
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