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About three weeks ago I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend for the first time. The next day she complained of a bad "yeast infection". A few days later I got really red itchy rash in the creases of my groin. I put some powder and left it alone. After about a week, the skin on my scrotum and the underside of my penis where my penis rests against my scrotum was very scaly and leathery. I went to bed and woke up the next day with a small dry ulcer on the underside of my penis where it was scaly. I went to the doctor who thought it was a yeast infection and had me go to a dermatologist. By this time, I now had three of these dry ulcers (never blisters, never weeping) and the area under my scrotum had a horrible odor. The dermatologist immediately diagnosed it as a yeast infection and gave me flucanozole one pill. After a couple of days, my scrotum and upper thighs lit up bright red and itchy. After a couple more days, it started flaking with little scabs everywhere and no longer hurt or itch. I thought everything was fine but I then realized that the three original ulcers were still there and kind of unchanged. The dermatologist had me take another fluconazole but this time nothing happened. I started using monistat twice daily on the ulcers and it seems to be helping as they have slightly scabbed like the scrotum. It's a week later though after the scrotum redness disappeared and the penis ulcers are still there. I'm really worried that my gf gave me both a yeast infection AND herpes or could this part of YI simply be harder to treat as its actually on the penis? My dermatologist did give me a blood test as I asked for it and it came back negative for hsv1 and hsv2. It was only three weeks though. The ulcers are small, but are hard under the skin like a pimple. The area around is red like my scrotum was. Never saw blisters and never saw liquid come from the sores. No pain or itching but slight burning when I touch it. Please help me.
Hi Grace, thank you so much for the reply. I thought about asking her to get tested but I'm worried that this will lead to the end of our relationship and I could be completely wrong. I casually asked her if she knew it was a yeast infection. She said she went to the dr and he confirmed it. I asked if she was also tested for std's and she got really defensive. It turned into an argument and I've only been seeing her for about four months. I pushed and she said, "of course she has been tested and definitely doesn't have anything." It's been awkward since. How can I get her to get tested without it ending things? I do like her but I think she's being immature about this issue. I also could be completely off base and just overreacting but having open sores on my penis doesn't seem like overreacting to me. I wish I could have had my dr culture it but he said it was already scabbed and nothing he can do. My dermatologist said the same thing. However, they appeared like that. I went to the dr the first day it occurred so not sure how it could have already been scabbed but it was. From the beginning it looked like little red pimples along an irritated rash and the pimples . It's the scabs and red rash that has lasted 10 days. Thanks again for your response. It makes me feel slightly better. Not having definitive confirmation is driving me crazy though. Thank you.
unfortunately many people think an annual pap is std testing same as they think when they ask for std testing, they are getting the whole shebang. Even though it's a new relationship, it's ok to be asking for testing details - it's part of being sexually responsible! Be clear that you aren't being accusatory , just trying to make sure that you've both properly covered your bases so that in the future, you know if you should think std's or not when symptoms like this pop up.
Hi Grace, i wanted to follow up and get your thoughts. Eventually after 3.5 months the rash went away. it was really horrible to have to go through so many different changes to it over that long a period of time. It was miserable. I had another IGG blood test done at 11 weeks. My dermatologist told me this test (ELISA i think) is 75% accurate at 6 weeks but pretty definitive by 11 weeks when i took the test. The test result came back as:HSV1 (.5) negative and HSV (<.2) negative. My doctor told me to stop worrying and that this is definitive but i'm still worried because i know my body and this was a really really bad infection. just wanted to get your thoughts since you are so knowledgeable. Also, i wanted to just say that what you do is incredible. you are a saint. after dealing with this for 3+ months, i have learned the emotions involved in this type of stuff and the fact that you continue to help people so often and so throughly inspires me. Thank you!!!
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