I am a 21 year old male, and am concerned about what i think was an ulcer on my penis about 5 years ago. I was in high school at the time and had not engaged in sexual intercourse. I had fooled around with one girl, who was also a virgin, but we didn't have sex. One day i noticed what i thought was a pimple on my penis shaft, but it got bigger and formed an ulcer. It didn't hurt and it went away after a few weeks and i forgot about it. Nothing ever happened after that and i didn't think anything of it because i was not sexually active.
Recently, about 5 years later i have thought about it and i am really scared that somehow i could have an STD, even though i got this ulcer without having sex. It sounds like the primary stage of syphillis, i never had a rash on my body that is seen in secondary syphillis however. I am now worried that it could be in a late stage and i could have serious effects.
I am now in a serious relationship, and have been for a few years. I am sexually active, and i have had unprotected sex a few times. We were both virgins when we started dating.
Is there anything else that could have caused what i believe to be an ulcer on my penis? I am scared that i have something serious that could be causing problems in my body. Can you get an ulcer on the penis without sexual intercourse?
Please help, Thank you!
STDs such as herpes, syphillis or chancroid are possibilities at this point. I would certainly be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia as well.
Test for herpes and chancroid can include a swab of the ulcer as well as blood tests. A blood test can also be done for syphillis as well.
Treatment would determine on what is found during these tests. I certainly would discuss these options with your personal physician.
I would also recommend condoms in all cases of sexual contact.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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