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2 months ago i had a 3-some with a friend and a girl.
I was STD tested 1 month after and have negative results for everything, however...
Two weeks ago i developed a small rash on the inner thigh of my right leg about the size of the top knuckle on your thumb. Now the red spot has grown and looks as if i've been hit with a golf ball. It does itch, but i refuse to scratch it.
Today, my friend turned to me and said "do you know anything about hemorrhoids?" because apparently he's got some problems, and that made me paranoid about herpes.
Am i just worrying? Is this just coincidence? Is there a possibility i have genital herpes and my test results were a false negative? It was only 1 month after "exposure"
your symptoms need properly evaluted. Call today for an appointment today or tomorrow. Doesn't sound like herpes going on but follow up on it properly because there are some bacterial infections you can get that need antibiotics to treat.
The only stds you could accurately test for 1 month post encounter were chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you had unprotected sex and want to test accurately you need to repeat the syphilis, hiv and hsv testing. You can just do all 3 at the 3 or 4 month post encounter mark if you want. if it was protected sex, no reason for any testing besides herpes if you are really concerned about herpes.
Thank you for your reply! I've posted on other parts of this web forum and have yet to receive a reply much less advice.
Some things i left out in the initial post were the following:
about 15 seconds unprotected oral was performed on me, then protected sex followed.
The very next night after sleeping with the girl, i had started having night sweats which lasted less than a week. I have not had them since. I was having some other symptoms and went do the hospital where i was diagnosed/treated for chlamydia (1 time dose1000mg azythromycin). Everything seemed to clear up minus a few small things which i'm calling "scarring" from the bacterial infection. Slight changes in anatomy, but they've been checked and "ok'd" by the doctor. (my tongue is orange too!)
Could there be any sort of backlash type of a reaction happening on my leg in result to the antibiotic? Some more resistant bacteria growing? Possibly a fungal infection starting? (lucky?)
Having caught one STD has heightened my awareness towards any strange / out of the ordinary symptoms.
Just for safety concern, lets just pretend this is genital herpes. What sort of safety concerns should i take for myself so as not to spread the virus to other areas of my own body. Ex. do towels for the bathroom need to be washed every day? Avoid touching the infected area? Avoid using ointments to alleviate symptoms (i have not thus far). Or is there a great resource i could check so as to take precautions. As for concern for others, there's no problem with abstaining as i am single, i can wait another month i suppose.
I'll set up an appointment at the hospital asap and see what they say / suggest. On a final note, are there any specific questions you recommend that i should be asking while i'm there to get a good screening?
Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate your advice as well as your dedication to this forum which is clearly seen from the little time i've been here.
You really won't spread herpes all over your body. Just washing your hands after using the bathroom or touching yourself intimately is all we recommend ( and honestly most folks don't even do that whether they have herpes or not! ). When you towel off from the shower, you always dry off the genital area next to last ( last being your stinky feet! ).
Odds are your rash is fungal but it could also be many other things. just continue to follow up on it.
I went to the hospital where a dermatologist saw the rash and was pretty convinced that its not herpes. He said it's "not in the right place" to be herpes too. It is on my inner thigh and about 1 inch away from the actual crux of my leg. He seemed to think it was eczema and gave me 2 local steroid shots at the time of the visit. That was a few days ago and there doesn't seem to be much sign of improvement, actually, it seems to be growing.
For now, i'm going to start using ointments as one would if they had eczema and see if that helps, also I have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks, so we'll see what happens when he checks it again.
The only thing i'm concerned about is his logic. Does it sound reasonable? (not herpes - wrong area) Also, in regards to the rash itself, is it indicative of herpes or eczema for the rash increase in size like it has. The size has almost doubled in 2 weeks.
**There are still no blisters / bumps or anything like that and it's been a few weeks with the rash now.
I'll update more after my visit or unless this sucker really starts to grow at what seems to be an unreasonable rate.
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