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Hi. Found a nearly healed spot on the side of my penis. Have some questions as I had unprotected oral sex on a one time meet.
1) I have gotten cold sores for many years so HSV1 I have. I read that once infected it won't reinfect in a new location.
2) I have also read that catching HSV2 is almost impossible to catch orally from some as she went down on me.
3) As the lesion, bump is  healed almost 100 over how long do I wait for a blood test?
4) The timing seems odd. I had this encounter in January and I never had any symptoms, pain, soreness like I get when I get cold sores. I generally can tell one is on the way a day prior. This I didn't feel at all and just noticed the semi healed spot.

Sorry if I am long winded but just need some direction.

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Hi @mac212121 welcome to the site and I'm sure we can answer your questions.

1. Correct, you in ordinary circumstances cannot be reinfected in another location. You'd have to have a significant immune impairment etc. for there even to be a remote possibility. There is no documented case of a male obtaining a genital infection once having an established oral infection and experts who have seen tens of thousands of people with herpes have never seen it (for a male).

2. Correct as so few people have oral HSV-2 and it in most cases it does not shed at all from that location.

3. Technically you need to wait 16 weeks for best results (from the oral sex). This is because you are positive already for HSV-1 an din theory such people can take a longer period of time seroconvert for HSV-2.

4. What January?? If infected then you'd expect to get an outbreak within a few days.

Hence most doctors in the know would say to you that it is just too improbable for you to have genital herpes and testing is not required. That would be my view too. But hey, nothing to lose by updating all your STD/STI testing at this time. You will need to explicitly ask for the HSV testing (wait until the 16 week point and through in the other blood testing items too) but you can pee in a cup for the bacterial ones now.


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Thanks for the reply. Yeah...most of this did not make any sense but as I don't want to cause anyone any issues and spread (have HSV1 orally and have since I was a kid) but going on line there are so many scenarios that it made my head spin. I also contacted the girl who had gone down on me...she was NOT happy I was asking and freaked out a bit but better safe.....again..I guess I just wait to see if something reappears. Is HSV2 like oral HSV1 and the eruption site is generally always the same?

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I think you are letting google and your imagination run away with things, wouldn't you say?

Yes HSV-2 does behave like HSV-1 in the oral region. The eruption site is not always the same for HSV-1 or HSV-2, although that can happen for some people. I don't know quite what you're thinking here, but I think it's a bit far fetched!

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