I am a 40 SWM. Just returned from a long vacation where I was with a girl I care about. We did have unprotected sex and she did perform oral (I know this was stupid). 2 days after returning (Monday) it started to sting when I pee'd. By thursday morning, while showering, I felt two red bumps below my belly button in my 'boxer region'. Went to the doctor that day and told of my exploits but never mentioned the two bumps, so only a urine test and blood work for white counts were done. Said my count was high but the urine was negative. Put me on Zithromax for 10 days and Cipro for one day. By Sunday, the two red bumps had crusted over and turned white and also the pain during urination was worse. Tuesday, I the bumps had formed black scabs on them so I scheduled another dr visit for wednesday. Wednesday morning I noticed a 3 red bump in the same row as the other two (all a half an inch apart). Saw my PCP and he said it looked like herpes. He did a swab test, urine, and blood. Said my white cell count was back down but wouldn't know results for herpes until following monday but he was pretty sure it was herpes. Put me on Famciclovir 500mg 3xday for 7 days. Scared all weekend. Monday morning my fears became reality. But they only said it was positive for herpes.
First, I have been trying to get back in touch with the dr as I do not know what to do now. The pain has decreased during urination but only modestly, as I have this tingling sensation throughout the length of my urethra. Can feel it all the time. Lower back pain and pain in my legs. My Famciclovir runs out today and I am still waiting for the dr to call me back.
Also, I am frozen in fear, shame, and depression. I know what I did was stupid, but I am now here. I have been reading as much as I can but it only makes me more scared of the future. Having to live with this for the rest of my life.
If anyone can help me, I would appreciate. So scared that I have spent the last 3 days home from work because of my depression.View Thread
Thanks abe648. I picked up the follow up prescription my dr gave me but have not started it. The lesion scabs have all dropped and only red flat spots where the lesions were remain. The stinging has dramatically decreased but still have the tingling sensation throughout the length of my urethra. I have also read Terri Warren's Herpes Handbook.
I have many questions and wonder if you could provide some help. First, I have read that some people prefer not to medicate at all as they want their body to build it's own 'fighters' for outbreaks. Is there any truth to this belief? Terri mentioned in her book that medicating outbreaks has no bearing on severity of future outbreaks. So curious if the opposite is true?
Also, in having HSV2, is it still possible to get HSV1?
Lastly, seems reoccurrence outbreaks vary widely for people both in severity, length, and number per year. I cannot find an average typical expecation of outbreaks. Any insights, and follow up to that would be given your long experience with H, how and what do you do to deal with outbreaks?
Recent update. The dr just called me to follow up. He said it did test positive for type II. Told him my current conditions of wierd tingling through length of my urethra and he asked how the sores looked (still black scabbed on all four of my bumps). He told me he was going to extend my Famciclovir for 2 weeks at 2xday. Mentioned that it is not good to take medications everyday for life and that he wants to see how my body reacts after medication. That the body needs to build up antibodies to combat this on it's own for less frequent and less severe future outbreaks.
Still very scared and freaked out. Trying to find a therapist that I can talk with about the mental aspect of what I am going through.
I mentioned to my dr that he only tested me for herpes, gonnorhea, clamydia, and that he never tested for HIV. He made a comment that I may be getting ahead of myself and to be calm.