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Herpes?? She went and got tested and was positive.

Two weeks ago I had unprotected sex with this woman. A week later I started experiencing pain, and burning while urinating. The next day I noticed my groin lymph nodes, were swole and my whole body ached. I immediately went to the doctor to have this looked at. He did all the test on me as well as an exam. He told me I had folliculitis due to the irritated hair follicles at the base of my penis. I told him about my other symptoms and he did all the blood work (this is before the girl told me). The tests came back the following monday and everything was negative. He gave me some antibiotics to clear up whatever anitbacterial infection it could be. Just the other day I talked to the girl and she experienced the same problems the following week on the same day, which I thought was ironic. She thought she had gotten infected by me. She went and got tested and was positive from herpes. So apparently she was infected from her ex boyfriend. So I went back to the doctor and told him the news, he felt I didnt have herpes but said he would run a test that would show if I did get it from her. I am currently waiting on that news, but am freaking out! My question is could 1)I have had those symptoms and not be infected by Herpes? 2) I know it takes a while for your body to build up antibodies to the disease so the first test only a week later im sure did not show any true results right? 3) Will this test he said he did show if I have it or not with it being two weeks later. Im not sure what test it was but it was blood related and he assured me this would show recent results! Any advice or opinion would be of great help. I am OCD so this has stayed on my mind 24-7. I know if she was shedding the virus it makes me more prone to getting it also know that theres a chance I didnt recieve it, but is that possible with the symptoms I had?? (The meds he gave me has ended the burning, glands still slightly swollen meds were cipro, arithmiacine)
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replied December 20th, 2012
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If she has been diagnosed to have Herpes infection, it is likely that you would have also contracted the infection (if the intercourse was unprotected). Wait and watch for your investigation results. Get started on treatment as appropriate at the earliest. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/urologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.



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replied January 8th, 2013
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I'm OCD too, and all these questions stay with me 24/7, so I can certainly relate. I'm not a doctor, just an experienced volunteer with credible credentials.

It is possible that either one of you contract Herpes up to 20 or more years ago. The fact that neither of you had any symptoms doesn't mean that you (or your friend) were unfaithful.

It is also possible that either of you didn't know it before this happened, and may never get symptoms again.

This is a strange disease with far too many variables. I had six doctor appts. and tests before the doctor conceded that the blisters "on my back" were not Genital Herpes .... I finally went to a specialist (whom my dr. thought was unnecessary) who told me I was healing from a bad case of shingles (a different type of herpes virus). He swore I didn't need meds and that I'd never get it again.

It took 10 weeks to go away. The pain has never left. Two weeks after a full recovery, I got them again.

So much for doctors. When you are both tested, you should call your health care provider and make an appt. to see an Infectious Disease specialist. I've found them to be far more informative about everything (whether you're infected or just want information) than anyone else.
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