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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?

How can I protect myself from catching genital herpes from my girlfriend?

I met a girl online who just found out she has herpes. I think she’s a very sweet person. Is it possible to lead a normal life with her? How do we have sex without spreading the disease? Will I get herpes from her if we take all the precautions? 

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?

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.  

Is it possible to catch HIV through a healing cold sore (oral herpes)?

The other day I had oral sex with a girl (I went down on her). I had a healing cold sore that had formed a scab and wasn’t bleeding. She wasn’t bleeding, either, but now I’m concerned that I’ve put myself at risk for HIV/AIDS. Is it possible to get HIV through a healing cold sore?

Are there any natural remedies for herpes outbreaks?

I’d like to know if genital herpes outbreak can be controlled with any natural or organic remedies that you know about?

I have genital herpes...will my boyfriend ever be able to give me oral sex without protection?

I’m a 22-year-old woman with genital herpes. Recently, I met a wonderful guy and we’ve been dating. Our sex life is fun and we always use condoms, but I miss receiving oral sex and I don’t think using a dental dam will feel as good. I read an article that said it was very unlikely (but not impossible) to pass herpes through oral sex. What do you think?

A new partner got a penis lesion after sex with me...what is it?

I have a new sex partner and after having sex with me, including anal sex, he got a lesion or pimple of some sort on his penis. What could this be? I know I have genital warts so I’m afraid I could have spread the disease to him. I also have chronic hemorrhoids that probably need medical attention.

A had drunk sex with a girl and now I have three scabs on my penis. Could I have HIV?

A girl and I had sex the other day. I was so drunk that I was just rubbing my penis on her pubic hair before we actually had sex. Now I have three little scabs on my penis where it rubbed her pubic hair. The scabs itch like any scab that is healing. Could they be an HIV virus even though the girl said she was a virgin?