[Question #5584] Herpes

21 months ago
I am a 40 year old male who had sex with a condom(with slight slippage) sometime between the dates of April 22-29.  Fast forward to June 16th, I noticed a sorta clear cluster of herpes-like lesions.  I popped them on instinct, thinking it was nothing and they leaked a slight clear fluid.  They created tiny sores and have now been in the process of healing over the past 10 days.  

Backtrack to 3 days after I noticed the lesions, I went to urgent care and was told that they were  not fresh enough to examine a proper culture with, so to come back in if it recurrs.  The physician did however say it looked like it could be Herpes.  I told him the timeline of my last sexual encounter and he told me it’s something I could’ve had for years.  
Before this encounter I had sex only 3 times within  a 2 year period(more recently 6 months prior) with the same person unprotected.  And before that it was pretty random.  

My question is, if this is in fact HSV, which I’m pretty sure of, could this be something that I’ve had for years and i finally had an initial outbreak or is it a pretty strong likelihood that it was my most recent encounter 6-7 weeks before the symptoms?  Also if it’s something I’ve had for quite a while, would it still be possible to have recurrences just now?  How would the 2-10 day window after exposure apply in this case?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
This could definitely be something that you have had for years!  There is no reason here to believe that it is something you acquired 6-7 weeks before the symptoms anymore than it is something you acquired years before.  It is certainly possible to just be having recurrences now, yes.  I think it would be wise to have a blood antibody IgG test for HSV 1 and 2 and see what shows up.  You may not have another outbreak for years so waiting to swab could be a long time.

Terri
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21 months ago
Thank you for the insight Terri!   I will get tested and see what’s going on.  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
OK

Terri
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