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Hello, about 8months ago I started to notice a mild rash like thing on the inter side of my leg/private area. It was pretty mild and didnt really itch, it also formed some under my penis and on my scrotom some, but not much, it hard to even see it. I put cortizone cream on it and it kinda helped but not much. They never have gone away, sometimes like maybe once or twice they have kinda gone away but not much and not more then couple of days. There has never been any fluid or anything come out of it. Its never been more than what a rash would be any where else on the body, but it wont go away. I took acutaine for 7months and this showed up about 1month after I stopped taking acutaine, acutaine use to cause something kinda like this on my hands and the doctor said it was normal and it went away. So I dont know if this is related to the acutaine or not, I dont think it is. As far as my sex life goes I've had sex with 2 girls and I'm almost possitive there both clean but I used a condom awalys. I did perform oral sex on each of them once, but thats it. Those two plus about 4 more performed oral sex on me but I dont think if they had herpes they could give it to me though that. Sometimes the rashes itch a bit, but never to where I cant stand it or anything major. They never get worse or anything, no more than a rash. I've changed soaps, sampoo, etc that could cause skin irration and it hasnt changed. I DONT want to go to the doctor and I'm scared to death to get a test, but I really dont feel I have it, but I'm still scared to get a test. I've looked a pictures on the internet of herpes and my rashed dont look anthing like any of the pictures, all the pictures look why worse than what I have. Please any help would be great!

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Why can't you go to the doc? They see it all the time - and would know better than us hearing "rash" you know? It sounnds more like a topical skin infection - you may just need antibiotics - Herpes usually evolves and clears up - if it hasn't changed at all all this time - it's probably not it.

Go to the doc - you'll be fine - let us know what they tell you. Why postpone it and continue to worry? Just go -

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