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BKM

Herpetic Whitlow??? US ARMY...HELP,PLEASE

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BKM

I was deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2010 and didn't have sexual contact with anyone while out there. Although, I did sleep with a woman before going, back on July 4th 2010. It was a fling and unprotected at that, unfortunately. But I got over it quickly when she began to call me and ask me if I had any sores or blisters on any part of my body. I checked for months and nothing was there. Oh, I should also say that she informed me, after the fact, that she had HSV 1 and 2, but was inactive, but to check myself, at which point, I felt like a victim of a heinous crime. So I checked myself, like I said, for months, there was absolutely nothing. Well, I assumed that she must have been in some sort of dormant stage, so I was in the clear, Until January rolled around. I began to notice a small bump on my middle finger, that I assumed to be a normal flat wart of some kind, so I overlooked it. It wasn't painful unless I poked it really hard and it never burst into anything similar to the pictures I've seen on the internet. It became significantly larger within a few days and my fear of doctors kept me from going to get it checked out....it stayed there for about 2 months! and I continually checked other areas of my body and mouth to make sure it was only there, which it was...still with no pain, I began to freak out and went to the doctor out there and they didn't take a culture or anything. They told me that it was probably nothing and to pretty much be a soldier until I got back to the US...well, it eventually went away after 4 or 5 months, but I have never seen anything online or elsewhere saying that an outbreak could last that long, so here I am, about 7 months later and this wart-looking thing is back in the same area (already it has been here for 3 weeks). I've just gone to the clinic 2 days ago and should get some results back soon, both blood and culture, but the doc still gave me Zovirax saying"If you don't have whitlow, this won't hurt to take and if you do, it will help" But still nothing has happened to the wart and it isn't bursting out or hurting at all. Any suggestions to what this may or may not sound like????????? [Calm at the moment]

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JBnATL

First, thank you for your service to our country.

Herpes isn't easy to pass especially from a girl to a guy. I have been with several women and never passed it along. If you were to have gotten either 1 or 2 from her you would more than likely have symptoms oral or genital before you would on your hand. So I really doubt you have it. Here is a link to an article that talks about transmission rates. As you can see, it is not easy to pass along.

www.hsvblog.org/herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-101

You have done the right thing by getting a blood test, that will tell you for sure if you have it. Even if you do have it, it is no big deal.

Good luck!

JB

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BKM

Thank you so much for your answer, eases my mind just a bit, but enough to chill out. And thanks for your support (Army support that is)

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