What Does Genital HSV-1 Look Like?
Originally asked by Community Member Confused0ne
What Does Genital Hsv1 Look Like? I Had Some Strange Outbreaks Over The Past 18 Months. Help Please!
I am a 30 year old male. Over 18 months ago I was unfaithful in my marriage and my wife went to her doctor because she was having pains. It was determined from blood tests that she (contracted from me) had Tricnamosis and later found out Chlymidia. We were both treated and tested again 6 months after. In january my job required me to be outside in the cold. I noticed a chaffed small aprox. 1cm area on my penis, slightly behind the head. I associated it with the extreme cold and wearing thermal underwear. It returned two more times by the summer. I was screened by my doctor for every std under the sun, no skin swabs were done because my lesion was healing by the time I saw the doctor. All tests came back negative except for the herpes which was positive for Herpes Simplex 1, the nurse explained that HSV 1 is very common and causes cold sores and often nothing at all since we usually contract this as children and have fewer and fewer breakouts as time passes. Two months ago i developed a much larger (approx. 2 inches in length and 1.25 inches wide) and much more painful lesion. I went to the ER. The first doc was shocked at the sight of it and asked for another doctors visual opinion. They agreed on Genital Herpes. I was given 5 days of Acyclovir pills and some cream of the same name. The sore eventually scabbed over and vanished with little to no scarring. Since I know where it was located I can spot the slight discoloration. Again all of my bloodwork came back negative as well as the skin culture taken from the lesion. I need to know was this genital HSV1? And how likely am I to have other breakouts. Is this easily passed? How much is my wife at risk?
I’m sure you found an answer to your question long ago, but I wanted to respond in case this is helpful for someone else.
Some cases of herpes on the genitals are, in fact, caused by HSV-1. HSV-1 can cause sores on the genitals in the same way it would cause cold sores around the mouth. When HSV-1 occurs genitally, the sores are generally considered to be less painful than the sores associated with HSV-2. There is no cure for herpes, but it is possible to help prevent outbreaks before they start, by reducing stress and by keeping your immune system as healthy as possible. There are also antiviral medications you can take to reduce the length, frequency, and severity of your outbreaks.
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I hope that helps!
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Answered By: Renee Culver