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On Jan 2, 2004 I had unprotected sex with a complete stranger. Problem is...I've been married for 12 years. Anyway, I had bad thoughts about STD's and freaked with guilt for a week. 10 days after the incident, I found one small pimple on the shaft of my penis near where I have had pimples in the past. Not an oozing pimple, just the very odd pimple. This pimple was similar, I popped it and off I went. Immediately my miind went into convulsions, Almost immediately I felt sensitivity in the head of my penis for about 2 days in total. Phsychosomatic? not sure. Seemed to go away at night and return about 10-am the next day. After 2 days of that I noticed a row of three similar pimples near where the previous one was. They have not oozed or broken and are gone at this time The edge of the head of my penis also looked a little red and swollen to me. Also no discomfort at this time at all and the redness seems to be fading withthe aplication of my topical med. Now one week ago, my lips and tongue became kind of sensitive. At first I thought it was just chapped lips but it lasted for about 2 days, then I think I can see a couple of blisters and swollen lips. Again no more discomfort through this but severe anxiety. None of my blisters/pimpleshave oozed or weeped at this time. I have had swollen glands in my neck, felt fatigue very early in the day and am very concerned. I kind of feel like my lipwill pop at any time. In the absence of a positive test, I went to a clinic and was prescribed a topical med and valtrex which he put me on a large dose. I had a very important presentation this week and couldn't afford toget a mass of cold sores.

So, doesn't sound good right?

Is it possible my lip bumps will not break open and just go away like my penis pimples? I thought that maybe I had been exposed to #1 or 2 in the past and have already developed antibodies and that's why they haven't broken out yet, and / or my treatments started so early that I've nipped it in the bud.

Total time between exposure and genital concern - 10 days

Total time between exposure and oral concern - 14 - 15 days.

I need advice.

Who can help?

Scared in Guelph. :shock:

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From your description, I was getting an impression that it was not herpes... but....

Your doctor prescribed Valtrex? He/she thought it was herpes?

Sorry... I don't understand the situation clearly... but to me, sounds like you're doing and thinking things based on your assumption....

I hope that everything will be ok.......

You can always have the blood test to make sure if you have the virus or not, after 12 weeks from the exposure.


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Further developments

So here we are a few dys later. The couple of pimples I had on my penis seem to be gone, although the head of my penis particularly around the rim seems red and a little swollen.

Of more concern is my upper lip. Looks a little swollen and feels a little weird although all sensitivity is now gone and it feels normal. I've been applying the cream the doctor gave me and it seems to be keeping things under control. Is it possible that HSV-2 orally could start but them fade and not erupt? Can you get HPV orally?

Now it's been 22 days since exposure and 11 days since symptoms began. If it was an HSV outbreak, surely blisters would have broken by now no?

I appreciate your advice Faith, any additional help would be appreciated.

By the way, told my wife of the incident and my possible exposure. That was hell. I thought she'd throw me out but she forgave me instead. There is a God.

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Re: Further developments

I don't know much about HPV, but... HSV-2, yes it's possible to get HSV-2 in your mouth. But HSV-2 dislike being in mouth, so I heard it's very rare... but it's possible.

Some people have very mild symptom. The symptom shows in various ways. So there is no way that you can know if it's herpes other than getting the test. Get the lesion culture test if you have sore (blister or pimple), or get the blood test 12 weeks after the possible exposure. Even if you get the positive result, it can't tell you who you got the virus from though.

Still.. doesn't really sound like herpes....

By the way' date=' told my wife of the incident and my possible exposure. That was hell. I thought she'd throw me out but she forgave me instead. There is a God.[/quote']

See? Honesty always wins. <smile>


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