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I have noticed a very small crater on my penis, right next to the urethra opening. It's shallow, small and painless. There's not really any identifiable features other than it being a small indent, like literally the skin just dips down. There's nothing inside it, no pus or weeping or liquid. No 'top' to it. It appears reddish/pinkish, like the skin around it. It is not sore or painful to touch. I have had it 3 days.
Here are pictures: https://imgur.com/a/ywiFWeL - it's difficult to photo without it being somewhat lost.
I have to also say that I've had discomfort of the lower abdomen for a few weeks. I don't have pain while urinating but there's a general discomfort of the urethra. Not burning, but discomfort - around 2/10 in scale.
I have had this 'crater' or 'indent' come and go before. Maybe around 3 months ago, I remember it was around for a handful of days, and faded again. No scab or healing over, it just sort of faded.
So does this seem to correlate with a mild outbreak or recurrence? Can anyone point me in the right direction? Has anyone experienced anything similar?
Doctor's have been extremely slow to help. It's so hard to see someone without waiting weeks, and when I finally do they have little knowledge or barely any time. With many craters, the first answer is often syphilis, but I had that test done before and it came back negative. I haven't had sex since and was well within the test window. I last had sex around 18 months ago, unprotected. I haven't had a Herpes test before.
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First thankyou so much for taking the time to read/reply. I could use your help so badly.
I had sex unprotected one year ago. A week afterwards I had some itching of the foreskin so went to the doctor, and was advised it was Balanitis. I got some cream and it went away within a few days. Since then I had a full STI panel of Chlamydia, Gonhorrea, Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis - all negative. Last week I had sex with someone new. She was a virgin, and we used a condom. Now since then, for the last 6 days I have had burning down my urethra - not while peeing, but just in general. I went to the doctor and they advised that it could be more Balanitis, so I got more cream. However, the woman I slept with now has flu, enlarged lymph node in neck, and a sore throat. I have also noticed these tiny tiny bumps or marks near the opening of my penis (pictured). I am not sure if I have always had them or if I'm just seeing them now.
Would these show a year afterwards, right when I have sex again (and with a virgin, with a condom)? Are my symptoms in line with Herpes?
Thanks for your advice, there's not much info on the internet.
I was diagnosed with ghsv-1 about 6 years ago and id like to share my exprience with you in the hopes that you may see the light at the end of the tunnel.
When i was given my diagnosis i had only recently moved to a new town, come out to my family and stsrted dating. I was basically at the happiest point in my life and boy did that take a quick turn.
I had every awful symptom under the sun the worst being intense nerve pain in my thighs and constant pins and needles in my hands and feet for almost 2 years. I was convinced my dating life was over and for the first time in my life developed severe anxiety. I was convinced i had some other life threatening disease that the doctors hadnt picked up went through a plethora of blood test, scans and dr appointnents. Even my Gp admitted my immune system was having a severe reaction to the virus. I had swollen lymph nodes in my chest, armpits and groin and had to sleep with an ice pack many nights.
However, my turning point was when i decided i needed to get back out there and start dating again. I was having few outbreaks and regularly taking antivirals it was mainly the pain stopping me. My dr eventually prescribed me pregabalin which stopped most of my pain and i started to feel like myself again.
I started dating... and i dreaded that conversation...telling someone else what i had. But obviously being the right thing to do i always told my partner before any physical activity. Over the following two years i dated about 5 people. Not one had a negative reaction to my honesty. Infact it was often the opposite.. and all of those relationships ended for reasons other than me having this virus.
I have now been in a relationship for almost 2 years with an amazing person and barely ever have those symptoms anymore. I keep valacyclovir and pregabalin handy just incase but its so rare i need them that i probably fill one prescription a year.
I used this forum daily for those first couple of years and never saw enough accounts from people once they got through that tough patch. I promised myself thst if i felt better one day id post ky experience. I know everybodys experience is different with the virus but i hope that this helps at least a couple of people see that you can and will one day feel ok, adjust to living with the virus and eventually feel normal again.
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Had unprotected sex like 2-3 months ago. For a long time nothing came up. The I saw bumps appear between my thighs, thought it was razor bumps. Then my skin started shedding a lot, kinda like when kids cover their hand in glue and peel it off if that makes sense. I scratched/picked at some of them (and those were the only ones that “popped” and they were like open sores. Now they just go through this cycle of scabbing the the scab gets peeled off by my clothes or whatever and it starts all over. They don’t hurt, it tingled here or there, and I wouldn’t say it’s itchy but I’ve had the urge to scratch around it recently but I wouldn’t say it was often. And something similar formed on my elbow. I’m trying to get in to get tested ASAP but it’s hard. Any help? Input?