I had unprotected sexual intercourse with a British non sex worker while on holiday. The encounter lasted no longer than a few minutes, and this was in May of this year. Could you please clarify a few things for me?
How does a chancre sore develop? What does it look like in the initial stages? I have a small unopened spot like lump on the shaft of my penis. It is just bigger than the end of a pencil and literally just appeared yesterday. I am aware a chancre can appear up to 90 days after the encounter hence the fact I am worried. I have no swelling in any of my lymph nodes and have no other symptoms. The spot is painless and if I'm honest looks like a blocked pore however I would like to know if a chancre just appears or if it has stages through its evolution?
Welcome to our Forum. The chancre is the term describing the initial lesion of syphilis which appears at a site of sexual contact. The lesions are typically painless and quickly, in just a day or two, open up to become ulcerating sores which are also painless. Syphilis however is a rare disease, particularly among heterosexuals and your timing is not good- most chancres appear within three weeks of contact. My guess is that your impression, that this is folliculitis (a blocked pore) is correct. I would advise you NOT to squeeze or manipulate it and see what happens. Soap and water and gentle washing with a washcloth are helpful for folliculitis. If it evolves you may want to see a physician for testing but as I said, the chances that what you describe are syphilis are low.
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