These FAQs about genital herpes have a lot of good information about when you are most contagious, what you should tell your partner, and if it is safe for you to have sex without passing on the infection.View Thread
Here is some information on jock itch that contains some treatment options you might try. If you don't feel what you are experiencing matches the symptoms above, it may be a good idea to schedule another appointment to see if maybe something was missed. Please let us know how you are doing.
You are doing the right thing by going to see your doctor. Only a medical professional can diagnose you after an examination and/or STD screening. Does the girl that you slept with have an STD? If not, then it is unlikely that is what your symptoms indicate unless you have been intimate with anyone else. Please let us know how you are doing.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I know that it is hard to open up and share your story, but I commend you for doing so. These Communities are meant to be a place for support, so I hope that others are able to share their stories with you. If you use the search box on the top right of this page, there are a number of posts about dating that you may find helpful and not so alone at all. Our Anxiety and Panic Community is also very active and always willing to provide support if you find yourself wanting to post your feelings over there. Welcome to the Community and I hope that you are able to find the support that you are looking for!
Here is some information on herpes types 1 and 2 that I think you will find helpful. Our Genital Herpes Health Center has a lot more information if you would like to learn more. Generally speaking, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores), while herpes type 2 sores are usually found below the waist on the genitals or rectum. You should speak with your doctor about what your diagnosis may mean for you.
Have you spoken with your doctor about your symptoms? If not, it would be a good idea to make an appointment to do so. Only a medical professional will be able to diagnose what it is you are experiencing and offer the proper treatment if any is needed.
It could be that what you are seeing is an ingrown hair as you suspected. Ingrown hairs irritate the skin and produce red, raised bumps or a number of bumps. Sometimes they can form a painful boil-like sore, which may be what you are experiencing now. Gential warts (HPV) can take on many different shapes and appearances -- they are usually not painful, but they can cause mild pain, bleeding and itching. If you are worried that the bump is associated with the symptoms of HPV listed in the link above, it would be a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and any necessary treatment.
I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. One of the best things that you can do at this time is to educate yourself about the hsv-2 virus and what having it will mean to you. Our genital herpes health center has some great resources, slideshows and information that will hopefully help put your mind at ease. This portion of the center focuses on living with and managing genital herpes, and I think that you will find it especially helpful. I know that it is easier said than done right now, as you have so many things going on, but managing your stress levels will help to reduce outbreaks. Please let us know how you are doing.