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I found some red spots near my vagina...do I have an STD?

I found three red spots near my vagina that hurt to touch. I’ve also been feeling sick lately. Could this be an STD?

I had oral sex seven months ago and just noticed some bumps on my vagina...do I have herpes?

The last time I had sexual contact with anyone was about 7 months ago. I've never had sexual intercourse; however, I have performed oral sex and had it performed on me (without a dental dam). I have developed a mild itch and redness on my labia majora and I noticed one or two hard, painless bumps on my labia minora. Do I have herpes? 

Is this a pimple or do I have herpes?

Can you get a pimple on your outer vaginal area? My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex for more than three years, but I get tested every year and I haven’t tested positive for anything so far. Recently, when he inserted his penis, I felt some discomfort...not inside, but when his penis hit the outside. Then I found this bump, very sore to the touch and looks like a pimple. Once I popped it, it didn’t hurt as much and it’s slowly going away. Should I be concerned about herpes?

I have genital herpes...will I be able to get pregnant and have a healthy baby?

I recently found out that I am positive for genital herpes. I had little tiny bumps on my vulva that the doctor identified as symptoms of herpes; her diagnosis was confirmed with a blood test. Can I conceive a healthy baby with a partner who also has the herpes virus?

I shave my genitals...now I noticed some small red bumps. Is it herpes?

Today I noticed about three or four really small bumps in my shaved pubic area. They almost look like pimples. Could this be genital herpes, even though I haven’t had unprotected sex or received oral sex from someone with a cold sore?

Is a blistery rash a symptom of herpes?

My partner has developed a blistery rash on her belly over the last month. Do you know what this might be...maybe herpes? How will this affect my future partners and me?

Are these red dots on my penis genital herpes?

I’m in college and I just started having sex with my girlfriend. My girlfriend is clean (and my other partners were either virgins or had STD tests). But after we have sex, I get red dots around the base of my penis. The dots disappear after a few days as long as we don’t have sex. At first I thought they were the result of a tight condom (often after sex I have a red ring around the base of my penis), but then a sore opened up where the red dot was. Could this be a sign of herpes? Is it possible to get herpes without having intercourse?

Can you get genital herpes from oral sex...with a prostitute?

I’m a 22-year-old male. I always had protected sex with only one girlfriend. Then, six months ago, I got drunk at a bachelor party and received oral sex from a prostitute. I’ve developed red bumps with white heads that come and go in the area around my penis. The most recent bump is larger, darker red and filled with pus (like a large pimple) and is now getting smaller and a little crusty around the edges. I also have similar bumps on the edges of my eyelids and around my mouth. I’m concerned...what do you think?

My partner and I have been having great sex for many years…but now, my vagina is extremely sensitive and intercourse is painful. Why?

My partner and I are in a monogamous relationship, and we’ve both been tested for HIV. We’ve been having great sex for a number of years without a problem...but now, intercourse is painful. The entrance to my vagina has become extremely sensitive and intercourse feels like being rubbed with sandpaper. I’ve noticed small sores in the area, too. My doctor was quick to say they’re herpes, but the test he did on one of the sores was inconclusive. What do you think?

I found a small ulcer on my vulva. What is it?

Recently, it hurts to have intercourse with my boyfriend. We looked, and there is a small cut that looks like an ulcer on my vulva. What is it and how can I treat it? I don’t want to go to my doctor.