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Freaking Out...Is this Herpes?

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Poodiddy

Hi so I'm freaking out! I can't do anything except search for symptoms. After going through a bout of health anxiety I didn't have sex for almost two years. These past two months I've had sex with 3 different girls. Two of them I had sex with once and one of them I had sex with twice and she performed oral sex on me on two different occasions. On each of these occasions the condom broke. I slept with each of these girls only a week or two apart. 

The last time I had sex, with the girl I suspect could have given me something, was early Friday morning 4/5 days ago. On Saturday afternoon I noticed a whitish liquid Coming out of my penis. On Monday I went to see the doctor. She listened to my story but didn't inspect me. She tested me for Chlamydia, urethritis and  ghonnorea. 

After taking the medication she prescribed. I noticed a tiny little sole red bump In my pubic region about two inches from my shaft. 

Could this be herpes? I'm so afraid... I was so sure it was chlamydia but now I don't know. The bump isn't noticeably itchy or painful, maybe a tinnnny bit but still im freaking out. I've attached a picture.

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