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What does genital herpes look like? Pimples or ingrown hairs? How big are they?

What does genital herpes look like? Pimples or ingrown hairs? How big are they?

Here's info: http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/STDFact-herpes.htm If you are worried, have an exam - use a condom to protect both yourself and others. Self Dx by photos might be mistaken anyway, so it's not helpful. Read, learn, have an exam. It's fairly common so they'll know how to assist you. Unfortunately, it's not curable, but very treatable. Don't fret. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Do genital herpes pop like pimples?

Do genital herpes pop like pimples?

Often, yes: But it is more like a burn than a pimple. The characteristic Herpes lesion is a small blister that is fragile and easily ruptures. This exposes the underlying layer of very sensitive skin, which is why it can be very painful. ...Read more

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Do genital herpes hurt like pimples and acne can?

Do genital herpes hurt like pimples and acne can?

Worse: Considerably worse. Unlike acne, herpes of the lip and herpes of the genitals produces actual sore ulcers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have genital herpes even if I tested negative? Doctor tested what looked like pimple.

Is it possible to still have genital herpes even if I tested negative? Doctor tested what looked like pimple.

Possible: Although the lesion which the doctor tested may not have been herpetic (or may have been missed), many women who have had genital herpes but do not currently have lesions, continue to shed virus in their vaginal secretions. That is why obstetricians may suggest c-sections for women with this history. ...Read more

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Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Very bad idea.: It is teaming with herpes simplex virus which you will release if you pop a lesion. ...Read more

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If your genitals burns and you have small pimples around your penis, does it automatically mean that you have genital herpes or something different?

If  your genitals burns and you have small pimples around your penis,  does it automatically mean that you have genital  herpes or something different?

Probably: Not automatically, but the symptoms you describe are very good for genital herpes. I would see your primary care doctor for further evaluation, including other stds. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have genital herpes. No red or itchy , but I have a line of what looks like whiteheads or pimples on my or is shaft?

I'm scared I have genital herpes. No red or itchy , but I have a line of what looks like whiteheads or pimples on my or is shaft?

Penile lesions: These may be sebaceous cysts, but can be molluscum contagiosum, a sexually transmitted viral infection, or possibly a variety of other minor conditions. They are most likely whiteheads or cysts. They are generally normal anatomical variants which will not produce long term damage. Show them to your pcp and they can refer you to dermatologist if needed.. ...Read more

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I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

Not HIV: The rash of a new HIV infection is not pimple-like, and occurs along with fever, sore throat, lymph node enlargement, etc. Three weeks is too long for onset of new herpes and HIV doesn't cause cold symptoms like stuffy nose or cough. If you remain worried, visit the Public Health STD clinic at Harborview (which I used to direct) to check out your symptoms and herpes, and maybe HIV testing. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more