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speakingspectacle

I am a 20 yearold male college student, and I had a doctor's visit on wednesday where he told me that his professional opinion was 51% sure I have genital herpes. I went in because of what I assumed to be an infected ingrown hair. He took a swab, and prescribed me acyclovir as per standard procedure. The swab results come in on march 23 (wednesday), or so I was told. I'm a wreck; I use protection, but the area in question is at the dorsal base of the penis and extends downward approximately 2-3 inches in each direction, so it would not have been covered anyway. Just my luck. The pustules themselves look like pimples, but the confusing part is that every pustule is in direct correspondence with a hair follicle. There isn't necessarily a pattern, they just itch from time to time and are painful upon application of pressure.

From my understanding of anatomy/physiology, this could have a multitude of causes, and that herpes is the first answer my doctor went to considering that I am sexual active. I also know that asking questions on here about what if's is rather circuitous because I will just be told to consult a doctor, which I've done. What confuses me is the nature of the pimples, and that each pimple is just an inflamed hair follicle with a white head at the top. It itches, but I don't scratch. My doctor gave an initial 51% chance of this being herpes, but this just doesn't look like it at all. Does any member have experience with outbreaks occurring in the pubic area? Do the sores always manifest at the hair follicle? The acyclovir gives me these awful pounding headaches, the prospect of having to rely on this medicine for the rest of my life to treat or suppress outbreaks really bums me out, these headaches are rather annoying.

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Tiny

It could be folliculitus...which is directly related to hair follicles, but usually that involves shaving as its cause. I'd just wait for the swab results and try not to worry about it in the meantime.

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ScaryJimmy

Unless he is a herpes/STD specialist, I am 51% sure that his visual diagnosis is just a guess (and even experts get it wrong 25% of the time). Personally, I would be more concerned if there wasn't any hair coming out of the pustules. Had you shaved the area recently? Or even worse, a shave followed directly by friction? Every time I shave (pause) I have to remind myself that I will get an ingrown hair for a day or two.

How long have you had the symptoms? Is there a recent exposure you are worried about?

Anyway, you've done the right thing by going to the doctor. Do the impossible and try not to worry. Let us know how it goes.

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speakingspectacle

The area was trimmed earlier, around the middle of January. After trimming, a single follicle became rather inflamed and took forever to heal. It didn't itch, it kind of hurt, and was full of pus. I figured I'd leave the area alone until everything was 100% fine, so I did not touch it in terms of trimming and applied antibiotic ointment. The spot lingered, got larger, and eventually began to itch very badly, so much so that it opened up and a sore formed, approximately the size of a half dollar. It was during my sleep that I began to itch, because I know to leave well enough alone when I'm awake, and I initially noticed the severity in the middle of the night. From a diameter of millimeters to a diameter of 1.5+ inches took approximately 3 or 4 days. I'm also sort of sick, with a sore throat and at time of doctor's visit I had a temp of 99.3. Negligible, at best. The sick feeling is ambiguous because I quit smoking cigarettes at the beginning of my semester, january 10th, and my body has had a terrible time of bouncing back. I've been sick several times, and it is not unusual at all for my throat to be sore.

I had an exposure right after new years that I have my suspicions about, but I'm not sure. It was a one night stand and she never returned my calls (it's weird having it happen to you when you're a guy). I would hazard a guess of symptoms being present since January 22 (+/- a day), I had a high fever and complete flu like symptoms from around jan 22 until the 28/29, but there was also a relatively large flu outbreak at my school as well.

I'm trying to stay positive and am trying to visualize the moment I go in the room and the doctor says "Results were negative." This medicine just is horrible on my body, I can't stand the sickness and malaise I feel from the pills.

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