[Question #6076] HSV2

16 months ago
So approximately 12 days ago, I had protected vaginal intercourse with a woman from a bar. Obviously we didn’t know each other well it was a one night stand. After intercourse, I removed condom and proceeded back to my hotel. I showered approximately 1 hour after the intercourse. The next day I began to notice odd sensations on my penis. I must also mention I’m married and made a terrible mistake this evening so it was almost instant remorse. That played into my emotions to this day and I have been having off and on burning sensations on my penis and testicles. I noticed a small red spot 2 days ago and it’s a bit itchy. I’ve been to urgent care and seen my primary. Both didn’t seem too concerned with herpes. I was tested for everything else which was all negative. I also had HSV1and 2 tests done as well as western blot. Came back positive for HSV1 which I know I have because I get cold sores. I had oral sex with my wife last Friday, 3 days after the encounter and I used a sex toy on her after touching my penis earlier with my hand with no lesions or sores on it. She hasn’t been feeling well since coming down with a sore throat the following morning. Is there a high likelihood I contracted HSV2 that night and is it likely to pass it on to my wife as described? Can I have contracted it from the girls vaginal fluid on my testicles if I had no breaks in the skin? Please help I’m a mess, thank you
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
16 months ago
I see that you are very stressed by this event, which is not surprising.  However, I seriously doubt that your symptoms have anything to do with genital herpes.  You probably also know that any antibody testing that you had done would have been done too early for any accuracy related to this incident.  It can take up to 12 weeks to make herpes antibody.  And I'm really surprised that you could get a western blot kit shipped to you, blood drawn and results back so quickly. 
It seem extremely unlikely to me that 1) you acquired herpes at a single condom protected encounter and 2) that your wife's symptoms are due to herpes.  When you say you had oral sex with your wife, were you the giver or receiver of oral sex with her?  If you were the giver, this does not present any risk. 

Terri
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16 months ago
Terry,
Thank you for your response. I was the giver of oral to my wife. That one tiny spot has since healed. It never got bigger or came to a head. I’m pretty sure it was a small insect bite as I noticed it after  urinating in the woods.  I’m thinking that most of my symptoms are probably all being created by my own stress and anxiety. I didn’t order that test in the mail, I had the blood work at Labcorp. Yes my concern was that I knew the test was probably too early. That being said, it makes me feel much better hearing it from you that you feel it’s highly unlikely after hearing my circumstances. 
Thank you 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
16 months ago
You are most welcome

Terri
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16 months ago
Terry,
Just an update. I had apt with my urologist. He said he thinks I’m fine and he examined me and saw no obvious signs of HSV2. It’s been 21 days now since this encounter and no outbreak or any thing down there. It all looks completely normal. I am however still experiencing an odd sensation down there kind of similar to like if you rubbed Ben gay on but not quite that bad. I don’t know if I’m just hyper sensitive to it down there now because I’ve driven myself crazy over this. It seems to come and go and it’s not constant. Does this sound like any type of symptoms of herpes at all? 
Thank you 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
16 months ago
It does not sound anything like herpes to me.  I'm so glad you went to the urologist who also reassured you.  I hope you can move on from your worries.

Terri
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