[Question #5432] HSV2 exposure and other STD questions
20 months ago
Had passionately made out w/a man & dry humped w/clothes on (him underwear &bball shorts, me thong &cotton shots) who told me he had HSV2 & we stopped. Can I be infected?
I dont know what his levels were. 1.5 yrs ago he had an outbreak that he didnt know what it was & got tested & positive for HSV2. Since then hes had a few outbreaks , only takes antivirals during them. He didnt have an outbreak during our encounter.
Ive researched all day & has led to more questions.
I had chicken pox as a kid, 14 yrs later had what was thought to be shingles on my rt shoulder that was red, raised, itching &painful. Went to Dr. 5 days after rash appeareed so testing couldnt confirm, but took antivirals &completed course. Subsided w/in 2 days of txt. Could I have HSV1 or 2 from pox/shingles?
As a kid I had maybe a few episodes of “cold sores” or cuts in the corners of my lips. Does that mean I have HSV1? If most if not all occurred at an age before I wouldve kissed a boy, only family? And never happened again at any age when I wouldve made out?
I get yearly paps/STD testing (never blood tests). Each year told everythings fine. Would all STD testing have been done &would I know if I had HSV 1 or 2, especially w/no outbreaks/ lesions to swab?
The only symptoms Ive seen are small red bumps in pelvic area (I shave) w/no pain/irritation or drainage.
Vag itching from unprotected sex outside in the grass, believed to be a yeast infection &used miconazole, resolved w/2-3 more episodes of itching lasting 1-2 days w/in 3 months of exposure (exposed July 2018, last pap/STD test April 2019).
White discharge occasionally that can be sticky. That normal?
Im paranoid &this current situation has me freaked! Could I have HSV2? Could I have HSV1 w/hx of cold sores? Could I have STDs w/normal paps? Should I retest w/vaginal &blood samples?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago