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Can someone tell me if this sounds like it might be an initial experience with HSV-2?

I am a male, had sex with a new partner in the past 10 days. Four days ago, my penis and scrotum started to feel like they were covered with "icy hot" or "bengay" ointment. (A constant cool tingle). They still feel this way.

I get an occasional quick shooting pain in my penis.

My scrotum is now very red and seems to be inflamed.

Also, about three nights ago I was having night sweats. I had to come home early the next day from work because I was exhausted and having hot flashes. It felt a bit like the flu but I didn't have an serious fever. I slept like a rock though for a few hours.

I haven't noticed any trademark blisters on my genitals yet.

My family physician said he cannot diagnose me without blisters. Otherwise, I need to wait 12 weeks for a blood test.

In your honest opinion, does this sound like HSV-2?

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Hmm.. Can't really tell..........

You might just have a cold or flu. But also that can be a trigger for herpes outbreak if you were already exposed to the virus ( and doesn't have to mean from your new partner).

Since you don't have an outbreak (visible), like your doctor said, you have to wait 12 weeks to get a blood test.

I would go see a urologist or dermatologist. They're supposed to know better about STDs. They may be able to tell you other possibilities (other kind of STD or skin infection) and give you tests for it.

Best wishes..


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Thank you Faith, Anyone else???

Thank you so much Faith for putting your opinion in on this. I'm so freakin' scared right now. The hard part for me right now is being in between not knowing wether "yes" I have it or "no" I don't. Once I know where I stand, then I can make some important decisions and get back to living. But for the time being, I'm constantly going back and forth on wether I think I have it or not. It is so emotionally draining.

Anyone else, maybe males out there, have any opinion on my symptoms???

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I have been having very similar symptoms as you. mine came a couple months after the 'relationship', and are still around. i did not have fever or night sweats, but i did have a blood test which was negative. same as yourself, i'm caught in the middle of knowing and not, it's a tough spot to me in. i do have molluscum which is being treated w/ cryotherapy right now and i aim to have a second blood test in a couple months to hopefully confirm my situation either way. i stressed ALOT about this in the begining, now i'm 'okay' and dealing with the anxiety/stress a little better.

i've been told it can be 'in your head' and your mind can manifest things greater than you believe possible. so we should both try to relax i suppose, get some feedback/help from the people we love and the ppl on this board, who seem great.

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In your honest opinion, does this sound like HSV-2?


Just doesn't sound like it to me. In the absence of blisters, I think its probably something else.. some other kind of irritant...

Maybe you are allergic to spermacide? Latex? something?

Did you use condoms? Condoms with spermacide?

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no, I'm not really alergic to anything. That's what has me so damn worried about this. I've never had this kind of symptom in my life. It's been 8 days now that I've been feeling this tinglinig feeling on my penis and scrotum (like I said, it feels like I have the Icyhot Ointment on them).

Also, my entire scrotum is red and enflamed (not the penis though). Does the tingling normally happen all over the genitals like this or only in the exact spot where the blister will appear?

Those symptoms accompanied with the night sweats from two nights last week have me very worried.

Normally I'm a very responsible guy, but the sex I had was with a stripper I had met that night and the condom broke.

What concerns me further are all these articles I'm finding on the internet that say you can go without the traditional herpes blister; that a red, irritated, tingling area could be the outbreak.

Any further thoughts on this???

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I've heard that some people do get rashes instead of blister type sores. Usually the rash is around the anal cavity.

You may want to go to a doctor to have them check it out just to ease your mind.

Everyones different. Some people have pain-no sores, some people have pain-with sores, some people have no symptoms.

Everyone is different.


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Just really doesn't sound like HSV....

Some other kind of irritant... who knows...

Does the tingling normally happen all over the genitals like this or only in the exact spot where the blister will appear?

Don't get hung up on the 'tingle' characterization... I feel tingle all the time... not related to an outbreak...

Think about a part of your body for a minute, and it will probably feel the sensation of tingling...

I think tingle is probalby one of the most misleading things people always seem to latch on to..

Yes, an outbreak tingles... but that is just a tiny part of the package of symptoms... and for all the other reasons why you could feel (or imagine) a tingle...

Anyway... i'd see a doctor, but I personally really don't think its hsv.... at all...

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Thank you again MC37 Pilot.

If I am entering an intimate relationship, would it be a good idea to get on suppresive therapy just in case I do have it? Then in 10 weeks I could get the blood test and know for sure...

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mmmm I don't know...

I might just hold off on sex until you figure out what it is... I mean even if its not hsv it could be some dermatological condition not neccesarily and STD that could be transferred to your partner...

If you get horny... Do a little mutual masturbation followed by washing your hands immediately. Make sure not to touch you and then her... Just touch her... Then when she touches you, she should wash her hands before touching herself again...

Just do that until you figure out what it is...

Plus, I heard suppressive therapy is expensive... AND suppressive therapy I'm told isn't a guarentee either...

I'd go to the doctor now, cause like I said, I don't think its HSV but probably something else... Something a doctor might be able to take care of/prescribe something for to cure it.

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Night Sweats


I have been reading along and wanted to chime in and encourage you to get checked out for the night sweats thing specifically. I have never heard of this being associated with HSV, but recently my bf had a bout of them after an illness and what I learned is that they are not a symptom to be ignored. They can indicate a dormant TB infection becoming active, HIV, or diabetes. Didn't want to alarm you but wanted to pass that along since I'd just learned these things. I took my bf to the doc for this and am still pissed that he didn't run a TB test (his ex-wife carried TB!!!), just put him on antibiotics. I am going to encourage him to get a blood panel done just to rule those things out. I didn't want to add to your anxiety, just encourage you to be assertive w/ doc so that your symptoms don't go unaddressed like bf's were.

Good luck with all of this, hang in there!


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