[Question #5790] Could it be

21 months ago
Coming up on 2 months since I received oral sex at the end of May from a girl who has HSV2,  no outbreak present as hasn’t for sometime. About 2 days later I started having a dull ache in the tip of my penis. No visible symptoms and does not hurt to urinate,  other than this irritation in the tip... urethra area. Sometimes it hurts and other days it just ok. Blood test done at 5 weeks, no antibodies present, urine tested twice and swabbed also twice  all came back negative for STI or UTI. I took Benadryl this weekend for sleeping and throughout the day, it helped for a couple days, but it bothersome again today. Possible HSV2

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
Absolutely not.  A person who has genital HSV 2 is not at risk of infecting someone by giving oral sex.  The virus does not come up out of the genitals and out the mouth.  It stays in the area innervated by the sacral ganglia, which basically is the area covered by a pair of boxer shorts.  The mouth is innervated by a completely different set of nerves.

Terri
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21 months ago
Is it possible that sleeping naked in the same bed that it could viral shed. My doctor said it is possible and has me waiting till the 3 month timeline for another blood test. Testing timeline?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
No, that's not possible.  I disagree that you need any testing at all.  There is not testing timeline for this kind of exposure.  Perhaps if your doctor thinks this is a risk, he/she should provide you with what they think the timeline should be - it appears to be 3 months.  So there you go.  I just could not disagree more with your doctor's advice, sorry.

Terri
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21 months ago
Is there any chance that vaginal fluid within the bed sheets could be a concern with coming into contact, as we did use a sex toy for her.  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
21 months ago
No, that is not a method of transmission either. 

Terri
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