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A 40-year-old male asked:

Doctor. can genital herpes-hsv2 be contacted in other ways,apart from sex,oral sex or kissing. can a virgin male contact hsv2 by just shaking, touching or bodily contact .symptoms similar to genital herpes but igg test negative for both hsv1 and 2?

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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
No not in the ways you mention. If you have genital symptoms which you suspect may be herpes see a urologist when you have the symptoms. Somehow I doubt that you have it if the tests were neg.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
If tested more than ~3 mo since exposed or onset of symptoms, then it is 100% certain you do not have HSV2. The only symptoms "similar" to herpes are blisters/sores; not itching, irritation, etc
Nov 21, 2021
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. From what you described, you do not have herpes. It would be prudent to see a doctor. Wish you good health!
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