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Starting dating a new girl a few weeks back. Always used condoms - no exceptions.

About 3 days ago started feeling irritation at the base of my penis on the left side.

Didn't think much of it as I had just shaved that in that area about 5 days ago (don't ask, rarely ever do that).

Anyway - irritation got worse, felt like jock itch. Came and went.

So far:

- no visible blisters or anything else

- area is not red - coloring is fine

- area does not hurt to be touched or pushed

- pain is most an annoyance, again similar to jock-itch - but unlike jock-itch (which I've had) - no discolored or peeling skin, and

- area is rather confined to that spot on lower left penis base

(from my estimation, this spot would be probably the first uncovered area when wearing a condom)

She has no idea yet but I've scheduled STD tests for us today. I do not expect to test positive in any case as it would likely be too early (I am HSV1 positive*) but if she tests positive that would be telling.

*As I've seen in a different post, I've tested positive for HSV1 for years and never in my life had an OB (I'm 40). However, my most previous test about 6 months ago tested negative for HSV1 to my great surprise - I'm assuming it a fluke and am having that retested today so we'll see.

Writing here mainly maybe as a "pre-test record" of my thoughts. I've feared HSV2 for years and have always been reasonably safe - but its not hitting me as hard as I expected. At least for now :)

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Just to record a few more thoughts:

- no flu symptoms

- glands in my throat seem slightly swollen - can never find the ones in my abdomen

Borrowed some Valtrex from a friend and started taking 1000mg/day starting the 2nd day with the (maybe vain) hope of heading off any major OB at the pass and/or figuring it couldn't hurt.

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You had "irritation" that came and went in 3 days (implied by the 'came and went'). Does that mean that you actually didn't see anything? This doesn't sound like HSV-2 at all.

If my reading is correct, the chance that what you are seeing is herpes is very slim. Of course, like 1/5 sexually active adults, you could have HSV-2 from any previous encounter.

And, you should stop taking the Valtrex. There are some indications that it may delay an accurate blood test.

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