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Could I have contracted genital herpes? I had a sexual encounter about two weeks ago who I am now told by a third party has herpes. We did not have sex, but she did perform oral on me, and although i did not perform oral on her, i did finger her and lick

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine

In brief: If

If the doctor that prescribed you a z-pack examined your throat he/she would have likely seen herpetic lesions.
Did you tell him/her of your encounter, was a throat and herpes culture done? This would have been key to making a diagnosis. If not you can recommend a blood test for herpes. This can give you information about previous exposure to herpes (type 1 or 2) however you will never know when you contracted it. Some people have been exposed to heres in their life and have never had an outbreak. If you in fact contracted herpes while performing oral sex you are at risk for developing herpes lesions on your lips (cold sores) or more worrisome on your throat. If you get a recurrence of your throat symptoms or feel like something is there, see your doctor at once. Also i recommend you get a complete std work up. Take care and always protect yourself.

In brief: If

If the doctor that prescribed you a z-pack examined your throat he/she would have likely seen herpetic lesions.
Did you tell him/her of your encounter, was a throat and herpes culture done? This would have been key to making a diagnosis. If not you can recommend a blood test for herpes. This can give you information about previous exposure to herpes (type 1 or 2) however you will never know when you contracted it. Some people have been exposed to heres in their life and have never had an outbreak. If you in fact contracted herpes while performing oral sex you are at risk for developing herpes lesions on your lips (cold sores) or more worrisome on your throat. If you get a recurrence of your throat symptoms or feel like something is there, see your doctor at once. Also i recommend you get a complete std work up. Take care and always protect yourself.
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