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Pain but no outbreak. Is this herpes?


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I had sex three weeks ago with someone who told me beforehand that he had genital HSV-1. I thought this would be fine because I’d had what I thought was a cold sore before, so I should be immune to it. However, the next day I started feeling a strange tingly/chafing sensation around my penis. I went to the doctor four days later and she said it didn’t seem like herpes because I didn’t have any blisters, and gave me a steroid cream. 

Three weeks later and I’m still experiencing the chafing sensation and it’s become quite painful if I ever don’t use the steroid cream, but I still don’t have any blisters. Is it possible that prodrome could last this long? Or could the steroid cream be preventing blisters from showing up? It’s been a pretty stressful few weeks so I’m hoping to get some answers on what’s been going on with me. 

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  • 5 weeks later...

Hey @Jamescleen,

Best thing to do here would be to keep an eye on it and if you do see any blisters, get them swabbed, but if not, wait until it's the 3-month point to get either an IgG test or Western Blot (WB being way more accurate, but costs $ out of pocket). That'll give you a definitive result. Hard to say based on what you're talking about what it would definitely be. 

And just to be clear, you're not completely immune to genital HSV-1 if you have HSV-1 antibodies, but you have more protection on your side.

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