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I’m a virgin...could I have herpes?

I think I have genital herpes...I have a rash on my legs, and sometimes on the head of my penis. I am not married yet and I never had any kind of intercourse, oral sex or genital rubbing...so I don’t know how I got these symptoms. I shower daily, and I’m neat and clean. But I live in a hot and sweaty climate, and my legs get really sweaty during the summer. Could that be the cause?

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?

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 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?

I think I have genital herpes...can I treat it with my oral herpes medication?

I’m a 21-year-old female and I’ve only had one sexual partner my whole life. We have been having sex monogamously for about a year now and we use a condom about 90% of the time. I get herpes outbreaks on my mouth and sometimes my nose when I’m sick or under a lot of stress. I haven’t had an outbreak for about six months. Today I noticed a very small pinkish bump on the inside of my vaginal lip. It only hurts when I press on it really hard, but I’m scared it could be herpes. I have a prescription for acyclovir for my oral herpes. Would this work to get rid of the bump on my vaginal lip?

What types of infections cause bumps in the pubic area?

I’m a 21-year-old female and I have bumps in my pubic area. I always thought they were hair follicles, but now I’m uncertain...maybe they’re herpes? They vary in size from big to small, they’re itchy and hard. A few days after a bump has formed, I see a light crust form over it. A different time, the inside of my vagina was red and painful. I also had pain when urinating. Do you know what these bumps might be?

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.

Is it possible to have genital warts inside the vagina? What’s the treatment?

 I’m a 25-year-old female and I have genital warts on the inside of my vagina–not on my vulva. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? I’ve had them for over nine months and sometimes they go away and come back. Are there any holistic or natural medicines I could use instead?