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Can herpes show up this late?

Feb 3, 2014


I got a rimjob and very brief (probably like a few seconds) of receptive unprotected sex about 9 months ago. Haven't had any sexual contact since then. All of a sudden a few days ago these painful red bumps show up near the anus and perineum. They only hurt to touch, other than that they don't. Could this be herpes? Can herpes show up 9 months later since first exposure? Or should it be something else? I got tested for HIV and the results were hiv negative, but maybe I should get full panel std test?


Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Yes herpes can show up much later. I would recommend getting a full screening. It's good that your HIV test came back negative as well. The testing guidelines for HIV are to be initially tested at 3 weeks post exposure and then again at 90 days. As long as there are no other exposures happened during this time frame than the results are conclusive. So it's not HIV but you should make sure you have a complete handle on all of your health issues.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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