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Can I get HIV from sharing food or utensils?

My friend and I were eating Japanese food and she took the chopsticks out of her mouth and stuck them in my hot noodle soup. I know for a fact that she has had multiple partners and hasn’t been tested for AIDS. I also have a small blister in my mouth that I’m worried makes me more susceptible to STDs. Should I be concerned?

How do I know if I have a pimple on my penis or if I have an STD?

The other day when I was urinating, I felt a little bump on my penis. I squeezed it and a whitehead came out...just like a pimple. Since then, the "pimple" got bigger and irritated. It’s the first time it has happened to me...should I be worried?

I don’t have signs of an STD, but my boyfriend just noticed a little red bump on his penis...what could this be?

This little red bump has appeared on my boyfriend’s penis, and it’s been causing him tremendous pain. We have been having sex for the past five months ⎼ he was a virgin and I’d only had sex with one other person before him. I have had no signs of an STD at all. Do you know what this could be? 

While taking a bath this morning, I found a bump beside my vagina and I was wondering what it may be?

While taking a bath this morning, I found a bump beside my vagina and I was wondering what it may be?

I have whiteheads at the base of my penis...can I do something about them?

I’m worried because my penis has a large number of whiteheads around its base. Is there a way to get rid of them so I can have clear skin? 

I have red spots on my penis after unprotected sex...what are they?

I’m a 31-year-old male who has been stupid and had unprotected sex. Now I have a few red spots on my penis and the skin seems to be rubbing off. When I touch the spots, it stings a little. Also, one side of my penis is slightly swollen. Can you please let me know what you think it is?

I have two small red bumps above my upper lip. Could I have an STD?

Recently I noticed that I have two small red bumps above my upper lip. Could I have an STD...or are they something else? 

Can the herpes virus remain dormant for a period of up to 30 years before any symptoms are evident?

My wife was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 after showing typical blistering in the vaginal area and having both blood and swab tests. Her physician prescribed Valtrex for treatment. We have been in a monogamous relationship for over 30 years and neither of us have had any visual symptoms in the past. She did have a similar occurrence about a year ago but tested negative. Her symptoms came in conjunction with several menstrual cycle problems and several yeast infections, all of which have been treated by her physician. I plan on getting tested, and believe that I’ll most likely test positive. Her doctor told her that he has never witnessed the virus being dormant for more than 12 years. This has caused her to doubt my faithfulness in the relationship, which I understand under the circumstances. I do not doubt her faithfulness at all. I could easily accept the fact that I (or she, for that matter) was infected prior to our marriage over 30 years ago and never knew...can the herpes virus remain dormant for that long before showing symptoms?

Can vigorous sex cause a herpes outbreak?

Sometimes after rigorous sex my penis will be raw and have minor abrasions that take a few days to heal. I’ll often have an outbreak of herpes, as well. Is there a topical cream or healing balm I could use after rigorous sex to decrease the likelihood of having a herpes outbreak?

What are the symptoms of herpes?

I’m afraid I might have herpes. What are the symptoms of herpes? Do people with herpes always have symptoms?