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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I am happy to help you. I'm sorry you are having anxiety with a possible STD. You mention that you were tested for Herpes and it was negative. Herpes can be transmitted by oral sex, but HIV can not. Did you have intercourse? If so, you need to have HIV testing, now and again at 12 weeks after exposure. The fact that you did not "break out" with blisters, rash and pain, basically eliminates your having herpes from your encounter. You should be careful and use a condom, but do not be afraid of having relations with your girlfriend. The chances of you having a STD are very slim from your statements. I would suggest you have the HIV testing soon.
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Herpes incubation can be as short as one day or up to 26 days. Since you have tested negative 6 weeks after your exposure, I feel confident that you don't have herpes.
I base my incubation period on information from Pathology Journals which I find to be the most accurate.
Since you had no intercourse, no HIV testing is needed. For mental relief, you can be re-tested for herpes in another 2-3 weeks. When that comes back negative, forget the whole experience. In the meantime, use a condom.
Yes, use a condom so you can't pass anything to your girlfriend (But I don't think you have anything now. This is to make you more at ease.)
No, the lack of oral sores just indicates she had no current active disease. But, if she did have herpes, she could still transmit it even without active sores. BUT, you tested negative, so your chances of having herpes are almost 100% that you do not have herpes.
Don't let your anxiety overcome you. You will test negative for herpes when you repeat the test.
That is correct, she would need to be shedding cells containing the virus to give it to you. What makes me feel confident is that you had a negative IgG test (98% accurate) which measures acute disease.
The IgG test measures antibodies that are found for illnesses that are present in the body for a short period of time , 10 days to 2 months usually. IgM measures chronic disease, usually 4-6 months duration. This is one way that as a doctor we can differentiate acute vs. chronic disorders.
Whoops, in my desire to quickly answer your question, I reversed IgG and IgM. Since your IgG test was negative that would indicate you do not have any antibodies to the herpes virus indicating you have had no exposure and do not have the disease. IgM is used to evaluate for acute disease and is tested at the same time as IgG. Since you were reported as negative for herpes, you did not get the disease from your sexual encounter 51/2-6 weeks ago.
It can be confusing. The test you had for herpes was negative at 5 1/2 weeks after exposure. This test measures antibodies produced by your body to fight any disease, whether it is bacterial or viral. Having antibodies indicates if you have a particular disease, in this case herpes. Your test was negative indicating that you were not exposed to herpes. This is why I said I was confident that you did not get herpes from that encounter. I hope I cleared up any confusion for you.
There is no reason to think that you have herpes. You can try for children. The only reason for repeating the test, is for your mental stability and reassurance that you are disease free. I don't think you have herpes, so if you accept my diagnosis, there is no reason to repeat the test.
The test is 98% accurate. I agree with your doctors, you do not have herpes.
yes, please do send pictures.
infected hair follicle and circled area probably a skin tag which is benign and normal.
I would continue to live my life as if this never happened.
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