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I was just tested today. Blood drawl testing for HSV2. It will be 3-5 days before I get the results back. I'm very worried. Just looking for your thoughts and maybe a little hope. I recently met a girl, who is clean. She is tested for all STD's every three months due to having recent ovarian and cervical cancer removal surgery. So if I do have it, it didn't come from her "pretty sure". The only issue is that the last woman I slept with was over a year ago and I've never had an outbreak or common symptoms related to HSV. but all the sudden I get what I thought was an infected hair on my shaft next to my scrotum.  Nothing on the head or anywhere else. Soon I started to see smaller bumps around the same area and they've since popped and are excreting a clear liquid. I've Googled pics and some of the pics are similar to what I have. I also have small bumps clustered together on my right butt cheek which doesn't make any since at all to me. The clusters didn't itch or burn before I noticed them as some documentation would state. They haved busted yet and its been 3 days going on 4. But now they are itchy as hell and the ones on my shaft are sore during most of the day. It's been about 1 week since I've noticed and I don't know if it's my anxiety or not but I'm itchy all over my scrotum now. In your experience and with my limited knowledge on the issue, do you think it could be HSV? I did take pics of the area but I'm not sure if it would be appropriate for this site or not. Please, any info would be much appreciated. 


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Hi JoeJohnson

Welcome to Honeycomb I hope we can help you! I think you need to wait for the results to come back but please bear in mind that if this turns out to be genital HSV1 you could have got it from her via oral sex if she has ever had a cold sore.  The reason I am saying this is that you seem to be assuming you are testing for HSV2 because it is a genital infection, however, it is becoming more and more common to contract HSV1 in the genital area. Even if she had a full STD check, this mainly does not include herpes, so it is possible she has not tested for it. 

The other thing to be aware of is that you need a good 12 week incubation period before you can expect an accurate blood test. If you still have sores and fluid it would be best to get these swabbed ... quickly! This would be the only accurate test early on. If you do get a positive on your bloods it will tell you that it is not a new infection.

I hope this helps and as any questions here as we are here to help you


Take care


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