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Starting dating a new girl a few weeks back. Always used condoms - no exceptions.

About 3 days ago started feeling irritation at the base of my penis on the left side.

Didn't think much of it as I had just shaved that in that area about 5 days ago (don't ask, rarely ever do that).

Anyway - irritation got worse, felt like jock itch. Came and went.

So far:

- no visible blisters or anything else

- area is not red - coloring is fine

- area does not hurt to be touched or pushed

- pain is most an annoyance, again similar to jock-itch - but unlike jock-itch (which I've had) - no discolored or peeling skin, and

- area is rather confined to that spot on lower left penis base

(from my estimation, this spot would be probably the first uncovered area when wearing a condom)

She has no idea yet but I've scheduled STD tests for us today. I do not expect to test positive in any case as it would likely be too early (I am HSV1 positive*) but if she tests positive that would be telling.

*As I've seen in a different post, I've tested positive for HSV1 for years and never in my life had an OB (I'm 40). However, my most previous test about 6 months ago tested negative for HSV1 to my great surprise - I'm assuming it a fluke and am having that retested today so we'll see.

Writing here mainly maybe as a "pre-test record" of my thoughts. I've feared HSV2 for years and have always been reasonably safe - but its not hitting me as hard as I expected. At least for now :)

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Just to record a few more thoughts:

- no flu symptoms

- glands in my throat seem slightly swollen - can never find the ones in my abdomen

Borrowed some Valtrex from a friend and started taking 1000mg/day starting the 2nd day with the (maybe vain) hope of heading off any major OB at the pass and/or figuring it couldn't hurt.

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You had "irritation" that came and went in 3 days (implied by the 'came and went'). Does that mean that you actually didn't see anything? This doesn't sound like HSV-2 at all.

If my reading is correct, the chance that what you are seeing is herpes is very slim. Of course, like 1/5 sexually active adults, you could have HSV-2 from any previous encounter.

And, you should stop taking the Valtrex. There are some indications that it may delay an accurate blood test.

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    • MikeHerp
      Lol, a thousand guinea pigs.  I think you raise a good question (though it's a bit sad that a 1000 guinea pigs might have to die). But every every preclinical study I know, also uses a fairly small number of lab animals.  It's rarely more than a few dozen.  For example, the EDITAS proof of concept ocular herpes solution tested in 36 animals, of which some got placebo, and some got AAV with no editors.  So testing in only a handful of animals seems to be the norm.  So I wouldn't read into that caveat too much, if I were you.  But whether that vaccine can ever enter human trials, that I don't know.   Some things I've read seemed to suggest that ppl are kind of down on the idea of testing vaccines, on account of the failures.  I hope that's not the case.  
    • Bhbr2018
      Yeah @Lukeherpwalker I agree. Many people just see the igg tests and listen to random internet strangers about their results being from a childhood infection and on their mouth.  The fact is I got genital herpes because someone didn’t want to believe their HSV1 was genital when it was. Blood tests never can tell you location. Fact. Let’s deal with facts instead of highly unsupported opinions in the name of a life long virus shall we?
    • MikeHerp
      hi Imsu, No problem about the questions.  Sangamo is a research stage stem cell and gene editing company.  They currently are not researching HSV.  But they have a gene editing and stem cell stage 1/2 trials going on regarding HIV.  The gene editing solution they are using is zinc fingers. https://www.sangamo.com/pipeline/partnered-programs And no problem about your questions.  Feel free to also inbox me if you like and want to continue the conversation.  I'm not an expert, but I've done my research.  Cheers.  
    • Thats_Her
      I’m more than sure you got it from your current boyfriend. 5 days later and you have an outbreak in the anal where you did it for the first time. I had a vaginal outbreak 5 days after unprotected sex with my ex. I knew I was from him because of the negative tests I had during my outbreak. Unfortunately he was i denial about the situation and didn’t support me at all. Your boyfriend may not have been aware that he had it. And he may also lie about it if he finds out he actually does carry the virus. Hopefully he gets tested and things get sorted out for the both of you. 
    • Lukeherpwalker
      If you are having genital symptoms. . and test positive for hsv1 its very relevant. Op may indeed have ghsv1

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