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I have red spots on my glans a month after meeting a sex worker. Could it be herpes?

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Published At September 20, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 26 year old male. I met a sex worker more than a month ago and came down with a fever and headache a week later. The headaches were really bad and lasted for around 10 days, and the doctor said this was some kind of viral fever. I did not see any blisters or sores on my genitals during this time. A week after it subsided, I got a few red spots on my glans. I went to the doctor and they said it was just a thrush and I was given an anti-fungal cream. The spots reduced the next day and it responded well to the treatment. They also tested me for STDs (everything except herpes) and it was all negative. It has been a month since my last sexual encounter. But, I am worried this whole thing was due to herpes. Should I go back and get a herpes blood test?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Even if you did not get tested for herpes, the clinical symptoms do not suggest herpes. Typical herpes lesions are painful blistering lesions which occur at the tip of the penis. The blisters start developing within days of an encounter. Your encounter was more than a month ago and you never had painful blistering lesions. So, I do not think there are any chances of herpes. But, if you still have any doubts then you can go for IgA and IgG test for herpes.

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