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Almost certain I have genital herpes?

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ccv2

I'm going to the doctor tomorrow but I'm almost certain I have genital herpes.

So last Saturday I had unprotected sex with a girl. Almost 7 days later I noticed two bright red bumps clustered together on top of my pubic mound. One has a hair sticking out of it. They don't hurt when you touch them, they are kind of just there. I don't have a fever, headache, or any flue symptoms but I feel fatigued from what I believe is more stress than I have ever felt in my life. When I picked at them, some blood came out but that's about it. It's been about 4 days now and they have not changed at all.

I am shocked, angered, and very ashamed of myself. I am usually always careful but I made a stupid drunk decision. I enjoyed casual safe sex but now fear that my sex life is now officially over in the middle of my college career. I feel very alone, as all my friends enjoy normal sex lives with multiple partners.

I'm praying that I am wrong but the symptoms all add up. Just trying to mentally prepare myself for the diagnosis.

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Elle22

Sounds like it may just be ingrown hairs. However, it is still good to get checked out.

Your sex life is not officially over if you do indeed have herpes. The only thing that changes is you may want to let partners know before sex and you may want to take extra precautions.

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WilsoInAus

Hey mate

I know it does in the end only take one specific occasion to contract herpes. But look at the chances; first, your partner has to have HSV; second, they have to be shedding at the time; and third, it has to get through your skin and other defences.

As Elle22 indicated, it could indeed be ingrown hairs or indeed a number of conditions that have symptoms in common with herpes.

If you have been tested recently for HSV, then you will have a baseline as to your status, otherwise it is not a bad suggestion to get blood IgG type specific and IgM tests performed now. Then wait 16 weeks before having exactly the same tests. Have any new lesions swabbed well within 48 hours of appearance for additional chance of accurate diagnosis.

I can certainly add my vote for your sex life not being over. HSV can be managed to minimise transmission but it is fair to let partners know the risks.

I can empathise with you during this period; every itch, crease or spot seemingly harbours proof of infection in your mind. You read a huge amount on the net and fret at the more extreme stories. Most of us on here have been there. Do try to relax, there may be no issue you need to tackle, and if you do, then one day you are likely to appreciate it for the minor annoyance that it is.

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ccv2

I went to see a men's health specialist today. I did not mention to him that the sex was unprotected but he claims that he is 99% sure it is molluscum by looking at it. He claims that by this time I would have had swollen lymph nodes. He says while it is not impossible, he usually sees genital herpes appear on the penis rather than on the pubic mound in my case.

I really hope he is right but I still have a bad feeling. I have a follow-up next week.

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Acesheart
I went to see a men's health specialist today. I did not mention to him that the sex was unprotected but he claims that he is 99% sure it is molluscum by looking at it. He claims that by this time I would have had swollen lymph nodes. He says while it is not impossible, he usually sees genital herpes appear on the penis rather than on the pubic mound in my case.

I really hope he is right but I still have a bad feeling. I have a follow-up next week.

Hey ccv only way to know is to test. Visual exams are the least accurate way of diagnosing herps. It indeed could be a number of things. I have had ghsv2 for 25 years and i stayed dormant for 23 years. Two decades passed.and last year I had my second outbreak. Please get tested with the herpes select Igg blood test. It's the best way to know for sure. Education is powerful tools. Here is a book www.westoverheights.com , please read all you can. If it turns out not to be h, well then you are more educated than 80% of the people you know. Good luck honey, Truly, Ace :)

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