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HSV2 Risk Assessment
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:27:52 am »
Hi,

I (male) have HSV2 and everywhere tells me that this increases the risk of transmission regardless if Iím having an outbreak or not. And that HSV2 brings extra CD4 cells to the genital area (my concern is the shaft) that could possibly make the shaft of the penis an infection route.

Well I have had protected vaginal intercourse (I was not experiencing a visible outbreak as Iím on daily suppressive medication) with a few women (11 weeks ago) and sometimes the ring of the condom moves up the shaft towards the head(exposing some of the uncovered shaft to the interior of her vagina) and after awhile I have to readjust it towards the base of the penis as much as possible to regain coverage. The head of the penis was always covered.

I wasnít really concerned until about 2-3 weeks after the incidents I started having neurological issues such as blurred vision/dizziness, muscle-aches/joint aches/muscle-stiffness, neuropathy and then noticed I was losing weight. The weight loss is what made me extremely afraid as I was losing almost 1lb a day (0.45kg) for almost a week which looked like atrophy of my thighs and forearms. My blood pressure was normal and my temp was normal every day as I check them daily because of Covid-19 so I can self-isolate if I run a fever.

At about 25 days post sex act, and a few days after noticing the weight loss, I had a rapid test done with blood taken from the vein in my arm with a negative result. The DUO test was not available as all the labs were processing COVID-19 samples only. I could not get tested 6 weeks post sex act and canít go get tested at the moment as weíre in a heavy Covid-19 lockdown and non-emergency medical services are suspended. I also do not have a primary care physician to speak with as I just moved to this country.

Although my weight has stabilized at a lower value, I have been having incredible muscle twitches/ fasciculation for weeks especially around my ankles and calves. I also believe Iím having neuropathy.

Based on the above, what do the experts here think of my situation. The lack of being able to get tested is driving me insane. Please forgive my ignorance if anything stated is nonsensical. Thank you for your time. 

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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 08:48:37 am »
Hiya,

Nothing you mentioned is HIV specific so please continue to work with your doctor when they are available next to treat whatever is making you sick.

As for the intercourse and the slight riding up of the condom. Unless there have been other sexual events I see no reason for any HIV concern and, no reason to test outside of standard yearly routine. Stop overthinking things.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2020, 03:18:18 am »
I tried to get to a clinic in the 2 week period that the city was open but things were severely backed up. As a result I was not able to see anyone at that time and now weíre back in a lockdown and Iím going crazy again.

I wanted to give further context/detail to see if it made any meaningful difference to my risk assessment.

With one of the ladies I was with, I was semi erect when first entering so the condom only partially covered the shaft and was bunched up covering maybe 1/3 to half way down. As I began to thrust and become more erect I was able to then adjust the condom further down the shaft. Being that Iím circumcised but have HSV2, does this change anything about my risk?

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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2020, 03:22:51 am »
Hiya,

I read post boths again three times. changes nothing.

Unless there have been other sexual events I see no reason for any HIV concern and, no reason to test outside of standard yearly routine. Stop overthinking things.

Best, Jim

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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2020, 08:26:29 am »
I was able to obtain a home test kit. Now I just have to muster the courage to take it.

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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2020, 10:52:03 am »
Hiya,

I read post boths again three times. changes nothing.

Unless there have been other sexual events I see no reason for any HIV concern and, no reason to test outside of standard yearly routine. Stop overthinking things.

Best, Jim


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Re: HSV2 Risk Assessment
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2020, 12:24:27 pm »
Got your message, You're welcome.
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