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I am a 22 year old male and may have had a possible exposure to STDs about 8 weeks ago. I don't quite remember the exact time frame, but a few days to about a week post potential exposure, I noticed a couple red dots on the head of my penis (I am uncircumcised). I used a condom but it broke and we just decided to keep going. And no, I did not know this woman very well. The dots on the head of the penis seemed to appear if I masturbated. Naturally, I started freaking out and decided to get a full 8-panel blood test done. I was tested for all the major STDs. This was done at around 5 1/2 weeks. The results all came back negative on 11/23. My herpes results just said <0.9 (for both HSV 1 and HSV 2) but did not state the actual value. I was very afraid that this may indicate an "exposure" to herpes and that the value may fluctuate to a higher number within the next few weeks. I called the people that analyzed my bloodwork and they told me that with their test (igg), herpes results are almost definitive at 6 weeks so I shouldn't be too worried. They said they didn't know the exact value but that it was just <0.9. They said that since I didn't wait the full 6 weeks I may want to test again just to be sure but that I was more than likely negative. The last week or two I've been experiencing some slight itching and irritation on the head of my penis. I noticed that at the opening or.. pee hole (for a lack of better terms, sorry) it's red and maybe a tiny bit inflamed (although the irritation is slight, it's probably the worst here). Now back to the dots, I have been noticing the dots appearing if I masturbate. If I don't masturbate for a few days, they don't seem to appear very often at all. When I do masturbate, there are a few red dots at the head of the penis that appear and are much darker. They are there for a couple hours, then start to disappear. Then they're almost barely even visible. I've noticed these dots and a few red areas (very small) on the head of my penis. I read online that you should wait 8-12 weeks before getting tested to get more reliable results. The dots don't look like blisters or anything and I haven't had any sores. So to be honest, I am a bit confused. I haven't had any burning sensations when I pee... well if I have it may have been so slight that I just kind of blew it off. I don't quite remember. Obviously, I will be getting re-tested again for the full 8-panel blood test at 3 months, but I'm going crazy just trying to live my daily life with this on my mind. I just really want to know other people's opinion on this. I have not gone to see a doctor yet. I was planning on going to see a doctor before my next blood test so that if it's not herpes or something like that, I can just get anti-biotics or whatever they may want to prescribe for me. I did purchase some "Lotrimin anti-fungal cream" it's a "clotrimazole" cream thinking that this may have been a fungal issue. It seemed to have helped the first couple days when I put it on but the dots are still barely visible and the slight itching sensation at the opening of my penis is still there and happens randomly for short periods of time throughout the day. I only got the cream and started applying it about a week ago (if that). Anyway, feedback would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you so much!
you have to wait 6 weeks for syphilis testing to be accurate and 12 weeks for herpes, hiv and hepatitis testing to be accurate. your gonorrhea and chlamydia testing you had done was accurate. find out if you were tested for trich or not too.
I'd continue to use the antifungal cream twice a day for a full week yet too.
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