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Never thought I'd ever be posting something like this online, but life takes many turns and some decisions are not the best. This is my first post and here's my story, I'll try to keep it short.

About nearly a month ago I received unprotected oral sex for about 20 minutes (in case time is important) and rubbed the tip of my penis at the entrance of a woman's vagina for a brief moment before putting a condom, and the penetration only occurred after I was wearing a condom. Since yesterday I noticed two quite small red areas on my penis, got no idea how long its been there but it doesn't itch or hurt. I also feel somewhat fatigued, been peeing more than normal too though no burning sensation.

I've always had a lot of Tyson's glands, so it gets hard to really know what's going on here. It definitely ain't normal, otherwise I wouldn't have noticed. Another thing I noticed is that there was a few marks on my thigh, near to the knee. I thought they were pimples at first and even popped one of them, which didn't really pop like a normal pimple. Well, maybe it is actually just a pimple but the coincidences are freaking me out.

I've only felt a very mild burn sensation in my urethra some time after I touched it to check if there was any other sign inside, now it feels normal but I don't even know what's actually normal anymore. Everytime I look at my penis I feel like I see something different, something new or that everything is going away. I'm too young and this anxiety is killing me inside.

Definitely going to get tested soon, right now I'm just waiting to see if this will develop into something else or what. Obviously getting tested even if it all goes away. I already searched for many STDs online and herpes seems to be the closest shot.

I appreciate if you take your time to answer this, really! Here comes the pictures:

The two marks on my penis

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The marks on my thigh, I think they appeared all at once

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Hey @vannen2I can assure that nothing here is suggestive of a herpes infection. The only way to know for sure is with a blood test, but I do not think you need one at this time unless you are worried about previous symptoms.

As for these symptoms, there are a few points to consider:

  • The timing is all out. It does not take a month for herpes lesions to appear after infection. This means it is highly likely from simply a timing perspective to be something else.
  • Your symptoms on your penis do not give much cause for concern. They look like they may even be a natural pinch in your pants or a skin irritation from soap or perhaps a small patch of yeast or bacteria. There is nothing that resembles a herpes lesion.
  • Your thigh shows signs of folliculitis, that does not look like herpes lesions at all.
  • In the end, herpes lesions, particular from a recent infection, are ulcerating sores that would much more distinctive.

See your doctor if you have any concerns.

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Thanks for the answer, Wilson. Sorry for taking long to come back here, didn't really have the time to sit down on my computer and I've been trying to not think much about it. 

I took a blood test and I'm waiting for the result. As of now, the redness covers a slightly bigger area and I feel some occasional itches. It definitely isn't herpes but at this point I've already accepted I have something, nothing like this ever happened before and honestly? If anything comes positive, I deserve it. 

Maybe I'll come back with a current picture for the people that may end up in this post in the future. I will come back with the results as well, of course! I looked a lot into this forum and other people's stories have certainly opened my eyes to many things in life, so I'm thankful for that too!

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Current picture. Situation's clearly worse. Strong smell too even minutes after shower, though there isn't any sort of leak.

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