[Question #5744] Sti/hsv2

20 months ago
Hello,
I gave a guy oral sex three days ago while he hand a condom on but i did lick his testicles. He told me subsequently that 7 years ago he had gotten oral sex only (i don't know whether he had a condom on at the time) from a woman who told him she had genital herpes. He has never gotten tested since nor is he symptomatic. Also he's refusing to get tested today claiming there is no reason to do so.

My question is: am i at risk of infection (hsv 2 or any other sti)? When is the earliest i can test myself to put my mind at ease? Would i need to test my throat and vagina (even though i didn't have vaginal sex but would any potential infection show there too or is it localized)? 
Std clinics in my country offer PCR tests for herpes. Are they reliable? As early as after three days?

Finally, what can you catch from oral sex (i have caught ureaplasma in the past but was told by my obgyn it was harmless and would go on its own)?
Thank you so much
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
If someone has received oral sex from someone who has genital herpes, there is no risk.  Period.  The virus stays in it's own nerve group, it doesn't come up through the body and out through the mouth. 
I don't think there is a risk of an STI from licking someone's testicles really - a remote chance of acquiring HPV but very remote and a very remote change of getting herpes as the testicle skin does not really shed virus so if no lesion, not a risk.

Terri
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20 months ago
Thank you for your help. Just a follow up question: how reliable are PCR tests in detecting herpes if I'm asymptomatic? How quickly can i test myself after potential exposure? And how harmless is ureaplasma?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
20 months ago
I don't think it is worth doing a PCR swab if you are asymptomatic.  And I think the consensus is that one should not be tested for ureaplasma as a screen and that it is not necessary to treat if identified.

Terri
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