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last friday night I got WAY too drunk and ended up having (protected) sex with a random girl. she said she was clean, which obviously doesnt mean much.

a couple days after, i started itching all over my genital region (mainly around pubic hair). at first i thought i was just being a hypochondriac, but it has been itching for the past few days. earlier tonight, i noticed a slight pain/itch on my inner thigh and noticed a few very small red bumps. obviously this freaked me out big time.

these symptoms can't be coincidences. i feel like i know i have something, and i feel sick to my stomach (not a symptom, i just feel really down). after a lot of searching online, my symptoms seem to fit the mold of herpes symptoms and i'm freaked out.


-two days after sex, i feel itching all over pubic region

-5 days after, i find small red bumps on my inner thigh that itch/hurt slightly on occasion.

i'd love for you to tell me "no, quit qorrying! you're fine!" but i dont think that will happen. symptoms like this dont just happen for no reason right after sex :(

p.s. i do want to see a doctor soon, but i will wait for your responses or possibly more symptoms to appear. plus, i'd have to pay for tests myself since i wouldnt want it showing up on my parents insurance...

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i should also probably mention that i had a very odd, localized rash on my inner thigh (like the connection of thigh to scrotum) a few weeks ago. it was completely different from what i'm experiencing now though. i dont even think rash is the right word to use. let's just say i'd be shocked if it was connected.

also i forgot to mention that the girl mentioned in the original post was my first sexual partner ever. the "rash" described above was well beforehand.

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Go get yourself checked out but it doesn't sound particularly like herpes to me (condom protected, one sex act, unusual site of innoculation, itching in places without lesions, 75% chance your partner did not have it, etc.).

And, why are there always so many people viewing these threads but so few people reply? I think we all know how crazy it can be when you are waiting and wondering. :)

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Go get yourself checked out but it doesn't sound particularly like herpes to me (condom protected, one sex act, unusual site of innoculation, itching in places without lesions, 75% chance your partner did not have it, etc.).

thanks for the response. yes i do plan on getting checked this weekend because the itching is continuing.

and yeah i was wondering about what "kind" of itching fits the early symptoms of herpes. is it an isolated spot where the outbreak is going to occur, or could it be all over like me?

And, why are there always so many people viewing these threads but so few people reply? I think we all know how crazy it can be when you are waiting and wondering. :)

i was wondering the same thing. well i appreciate any responses, i am dying with nervousness over here lol.

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the "small red bumps" on my inner thigh have grown into a legitimate rash on both sides. i read online from someone with herpes said their first sign was a rash on their inner thigh....

not looking good for me... i plan on scheduling an appointment tomorrow. but i would still appreciate any input. there are 51 of you who have read this, one of you must know something lol

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I wouldn't put too much stock in anecodotal reports on message boards. Could a primary outbreak occur solely on your inner thigh? Sure, I'm sure it's happened before. But, I've also read doctors saying that they have never seen a PRIMARY outbreak of herpes occur on the inner thigh, hip, etc.

Maybe it's easier to look at it this way: there are all sorts of things that can cause a rash - one of those being herpes. But having a rash does not automatically equal herpes.

Nobody can tell you for sure on a message board. The only way to find out is to go see a doctor.

I know this can be pretty scary. Every symptom starts freaking you out. From my experience, I would try to relax, stop reading the internet and go see a doctor. The odds are on your side.

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