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Approximately 3 months ago I was in Asia and had sex (vaginal, no oral) with a girl there. On my way home I developed an acne like rash on my forehead which I ignored for a few weeks thinking it would go away. When it didn't, I started to worry that it is herpes. I made an appointment with my doctor but got impatient waiting a week to see him and went to urgent care. The nurse practitioner there insisted that it isn't herpes, told me I have acne and gave me antibiotics. A week later, when I went to my doctor, it had improved a bit and he said it didn't look like herpes. However, it didn't go away and over the past 3 months it has gone back and forth in terms of severity. I returned to my doctor last week and he said that it didn't look like acne and that he couldn't completely rule out herpes as the cause. He did a bacteria and viral culture and both came back negative. The rash has not spread, it's about the size of a silver dollar and it looks like acne with whiteheads. It sometimes burns and the "whiteheads" sometimes take on a crusty texture. My questions are:
1. Could it be possible that I innoculated my forehead with HSV 2 if my hands came into contact with the virus?
2. If it is HSV 2 does it mean that I have genital herpes?
3. I asked my doctor if it turns out to be herpes would it mean that I have to start telling everyone about it before becoming intimate. He said that he didn't think so because it is on my forehead. If it is HSV 2 how likely would it be that I could pass it on to another sex partner?
4. After reading about herpes I find myself pretty torn over the issue of getting tested for it. If I have my facts correct, 1 in 4 have HSV 2 and 90% of these people don't know they have it suggesting that most people are not getting tested. Since having HSV 2 is somewhat medically insignificant but has the potential for creating a huge impact on relationships because of the stigma, quite frankly, if I did have it I would rather be part of the 90% who don't know. Does this sound irresponsible?
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