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Hi all,

Thank you in advance to anyone and everyone that may be able to help with this issue.

Perhaps over a year ago, I had unprotected sex with a couple of questionable girls that I probably should not have.

I have never noticed anything strange or abnormal in my health or genitals, no symptoms or anything.

Well recently I have been having off and on unprotected sex with one particular girl. After one weekend with her, I noticed a single 'pimple' starting to come on on the bottom side of my penis shaft, inch or 2 from head. It felt like a whitehead type pimple and was a bit itchy irritable. It was there for maybe less than a week and at some point popped or went away. I attributed this to not showering right away after that weekend with her, perhaps urine or sweat.

Now perhaps a few weeks later, I had another weekend with her and did the same thing, lots of sex, didn't shower, then I noticed a bump or what I thought was a pimple starting to form on my pelvic area that is when I started to get concerned as I didn't know much about genital herpes. It is red and i thought it was one single pimple developing, but it is getting harder and when reading about Herpes I learned about the groin gland swelling, so putting the two together has me extremely worried. It feels like a single bump. I also read about ingrown public hair follicles. But I am thinking what are the chances they are so close together. they were weeks apart and it was only a single 'pimple' on my penis and now a single slightly sore bump on my pelvis area, so I am not sure. Other than that, a couple days ago as this thing on my pelvic area was slowly growing or swelling I did feel like what I thought was the flu coming on, I couldn't tell if I had a fever. I was feeling a little hot and a little cold but I was able to still get around and just felt it in the head area. I thought it may have been by system weakening since I had bee drinking that weekend and had a bit of a hangover right before these flu-like symptoms came on.

My questions are

-does it sound like herpes?

-is a single white head type pimple indicative of an outbreak of herpes?

-do all the symptoms and "cluster" of pimples come on at once or are they spread out?

-how long does herpes take to show up after contact with someone who has it? I ask that because I don't think anyone recently would have been the one to give it to me. I would think it would be the ones from over a year ago.

I have been with another woman who I am pretty sure has had recent tests for another medical issue and I would assume she tested for STD's. I am still in touch with her and she has not said that she has anything. Does this mean anything?

Thank you for your help.


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You need to go see a doctor. What you describe could be caused by many different virus' and bacteria. Click on the link on the right "Conditions that look like herpes" to learn more.

Don't rely on strangers you meet on line to diagnose you. Go see a doctor.

Even if it is herpes, it is really no big deal. I have had it many years and it means nothing to me. I have lived a completely normal life with this, including dating many non h women.

Good luck!


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ok thank you and I did read that area. thats the plan either way. i am beginning to think the red bump on the pelvic area is an ingrown hair of some sort, it hurts a bit and reminds me of an abscess i had in the rectal region that I had to have drained.

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