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selfpunisher

Hi,

I had unprotected oral sex with a week ago. Afterwards I noticed the girl had a cold sore on her lip.

Two days after exposure I developed a flu and fever. 7 days after exposure my lymph nodes in my groin have swollen up and are aching.

I have not had any noticable blisters, etc. However, I did notice these white bumps on the skin of my penis which I don't think were there before. They are kind of like the ones that appear at the bottom of a hair, but where they are there is no hair. They don't hurt or anything.

I have never had a cold sore before. I am scared to go get tested but suspect I have herpes.

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daisydew

If she had a cold sore on her lip and gave you oral sex, it's a good chance that you were exposed to the virus. This doesn't mean that you definitely have it though. The flu symptoms and swollen lymph nodes can indicate that you have contracted the virus. Sometimes when you have exposure to something contagious, you go online and read about it and worry yourself sick that you have all the symptoms. For now, I would try not to worry about it because there is nothing you can do about your exposure now. I know that's easier to say than to do : )

You will have to go to the doctor and get a blood test since you don't have any open sores that can be cultured. I think you may have to wait a few months to get a reliable result though. Someone else on this forum will have a more specific time frame, but I believe that it can take up to 3 months until you can be correctly diagnosed by a blood test.

If you do end up having herpes, it's definitely not the end of the world. There's lots of us here and you're in good company. Have a look around our board and you'll see that this virus is very manageable.

Let us know what you decide to do and good luck!

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selfpunisher

I am totally convinced that I have herpes and feel like it's the end of the world.

I am normally shy when it comes to meeting girls. However, now no girl will want me.

I have really stuffed up my life here.

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