Just wanted to introduce my self and my story.
I am a 29 year old student who is just about to graduate from a great university with an electrical engineering degree. I noticed red patch on my groin area about a week ago that flared up and it had a hard spot underneath it. It was the same area that flared up a few months ago. I had a feeling it was an abscess, but I also couldn't shake the feeling it could be something worse like an STD. The reason I felt that way was due to the fact that I have had some seriously risky one night stands with around 8 different people over a 1 year period. It was mostly drug fueled and it was incredibly irresponsible of me. I guess I should be grateful I did not contract HIV, but it's also a bummer I caught one of the incurables. I was seen last Wednesday and had that spot checked which the MA determined was likely an abscess and also got a full round of test on all the standard STDs like gono, clam, syph, HIV, and HSV. So after having a couple panic attacks during the week at what I possibly could have and calming myself with the idea that I probably have nothing I finally went into the clinic this morning assuming I am just gonna go in and get the great news that I am all negative on my results and close this horrible chapter of my life for good and throw away the key. Unfortunately that is not how it panned out. I got the result that I was clear on everything except HSV-2. I had an IgG index value of 10 which I think is pretty conclusive that I am HSV-2 positive from reading about false positives and what not. She is very certain that what I had in my upper pubic area was an abscess which has since cleared up. If that is true it would mean I have had no symptoms as far as I can tell (though there has been some itching which I optimistically attribute to poor hygiene and it has stopped itching since I have been scrubbing down there much more thoroughly). The furthest back that I could have contracted it was about 1 1/2 years ago. I am wondering how long the virus would need to remain in the body in order to attain an index value of 10. Anyways I am just informing myself about the full implications of the virus, what precautions I need to take in the bedroom as well as precautions around close loved ones like my dad and stepmom, and crossing my fingers that I'll be one of the lucky non OB people. I am happy that I found this community of people today as it has made me feel much better just reading about other people going through the same mental trials as me and still others providing reassurance that everything is going to be fine. Life goes on and tomorrow is a new day. I'll post more later. If any of you have any thoughts to share I would love it. Thanks for reading.