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I have a burning itch on my vagina. What could it be? Would douching help?

I have a burning itch on my vagina. I live in a hot tropical environment so I’m always sweating, but I do my best to stay clean by washing the area often. I’ve even stopped having sex to prevent any other problems, but that doesn’t seem to help. What could this be? Do you recommend douching?

Every time I get an erection, I start bleeding from my penis. Do I have an STD?

My girlfriend and I were dry humping with our clothes on. She was on top of me and rubbed herself on me. Five or ten minutes later, I noticed I was bleeding from my penis. I was really embarrassed...and now every time I get an erection, I start bleeding from my penis. Do I have an STD?

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?

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.  

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 a rash a common symptom of syphilis?

If I have syphilis, would I definitely develop a rash? What does a syphilis rash look like and can I get rid of it?

I have a large, hard bump on the lip of my vagina. What could it be?

I’m a 21-year old female. I’ve been married for several months, and my husband and I have been together for several years. I recently noticed a large bump on the lip of my vagina. I don’t think it can be herpes, warts or another STD because I get tested every six months. My husband gets tested, too, even though he was a virgin prior to our marriage. The bump isn’t sore (unless I press on it) or itchy. It is skin-colored and hard as a rock. What could this be?

My penis has a small hard bump below the skin...but I’m a virgin. Could it be an STD?

Recently, I’ve noticed a hard, tiny bump below the skin on the top of my penis. When I move the skin around, the bump stays in place. I’m 17 and I’ve never been sexually active. Do you think I might have an STD?

I’ve been getting friction burns on my penis with sex...or am I allergic to something? Can you help?

My girlfriend and I just recently started having sex. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting friction burns on my penis...or maybe it’s some type of allergic reaction to her? Is there a way to get rid of these symptoms other than not having sex?

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