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    Tightness in groin area
    tdh6952 posted:
    I've posted a couple times in the past week...but I need some feedback. Someone please respond! I've got tightness in what I feel is the lymph node on the right side of my groin (from my perspective). My new girlfriend told me she has genital herpes before we slept together which obviously has me paranoid. We did have sex almost one week ago and I wore a condom. She's had herpes for over 7 years and takes Valtrex daily. Continuing, I was very careful...but I also fingered her during foreplay and I've read that skin-to-skin contact is how people become infected. Could I have infected myself from fingering her?? I do know that a condom and her taking Valtrex is not a guarantee that I won't become infected...but what else could this tightness feeling in my groin be??? I know my anxiety is making things worse, so I'm trying to stay calm...but I am extremely scared! I did schedule myself to see my doctor ASAP, but I'm assuming a blood test or herpes exam (don't know the name of it) will produce any 'true' results so soon! Please help!!!
    betsyo1967 responded:
    it's easier for us if you just keep adding to your original post instead of making a new post each time you have questions - thanks! the odds of you contracting herpes from a one time protected encounter while she's on suppressive therapy are incredibly low. in fact on average it's 99% likely each year you WON'T contract hsv2 from her. tightness in your groin is not a sign of herpes. Sounds like your anxiety about all of this is getting the better of you. Your risk of herpes each year is the same risk of her getting pregnant if the only birth control you are using is the pill.

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