Approximately one week ago I noticed a small rash about halfway between my chin and lower lip (on the left side of the center of my face). It was a little red and a little raised. It consisted of a cluster of small raised bumps that are visible to the naked eye (you sort-or have to be looking for them but they are definately there). It does not hurt or itch; it is not on my lips themselves or in the corner of my mouth; it was not accompanied by any other symptons (such as fever, sore throat or the like); it has not broken into open sores or "weeped"; the condition has not changed over the course of the week (i.e., it has not improved or worsened -- the appearance has remained the same); and I have never had an outbreak like this (at least so far as I can recall). I was tested for a series of STDs approximately four months ago as part of a regular check-up (HIV, herpes, syphillis) and came back negative for all. I have been dating the same woman for approximately three months now and have had no opportunity for other exposure (and believe that she has not either). In light of the foregoing, I would not generally be concerned about a herpes infection. But, in doing my homework before writing this note, I checked out a number of medical sites. And, I've got to tell you, the small rash on my face is quite similar to the illustrations of a herpes facial infection. So, that is why I write.
I understand you do not have a full medical history here. But, given the foregoing: (1) Is the foregoing consistent with herpes? Does it often appear on the chin/skin and not the lips?; (2) What other diagnosis is consistent with the foregoing?; (3) Is it possible to have come in contact with herpes and not develop the outward symptons for months or even years?; (4) What is the likelihood of that?; (5) If it is possible, does that mean I could have gotten it from any girl I've kissed in the past 20 years? Many thanks.