Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Blisters

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Hi,
Firstly I should mention that I have had genital HSV for over 18 years.  I have less than one OB a year.  It always comes back in the same location and I know my prodromes. Yesterday I noticed two blisters. On in the crease of groin/leg and one lower on inner thigh.  This is noway never the usual location for an OB.  Both blisters were about the size of the top of my little finger.  I have have no symptoms that I would normally associate with HSV.  In fact I had no irritation at all.  I popped both blisters and now the are pin head sized red marks.  Still no irritation at all. I am taking my anti viral valocyclovir as a precautionary measure.  Is this likely to be an OB in a new place or something else.  I should also mention that both were single blisters not clusters akin to something you would get from working too hard. Any ideas?

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Lou,

Did they itch, burn, and sting like hell when you popped them? Do they give you pain? Remember that HSV blisters grow from nerve ganglion, so they are directly attached to nerve endings which is why they hurt. A pimple just hurts temporarily and then goes away and they heal completely differently. Do these "blisters" ooze and crust over the same way your actual herpes blisters do? Just questions to keep in mind.

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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