Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Is this herpes??


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Hi there. For the second time in about 50 days now, I have had an outbreak of multiple bubbles/rash around my mouth area, (last time it was on my chin). To accompany this, my lymph node in my neck hurt if I poke at it, but only on the side of the rash/bubbles, the same happened last time and my neck was swollen.

I have had a partner for the past 3 months and nobody else before that. This has never happened before, we are monogamous. I'm just not sure if this is herpes or not, is it contact dermititis? I don't know what to do please give me some guidance/help... I greatly appreciate it.. Thanks so much. I've attached a picture to show:

Hi Max,

They don't seem to be herpes blisters because there wouldn't be multiple ones next to each other like that and they don't have the "classic" look that I usually see on clients. They do look a lot like Fordyce's, which is a skin condition in which multiple non-harmful lesions are clustered together in a specific area and because Fordyce's can appear just about anywhere (herpes is strictly limited to the mouth and lips), I would suspect that this is closer to what you have. As for your pain, this is the first time someone's told me about it hurting that much, so I really think you should tell a doctor about this. I'm so used to see the spots much smaller than what you're showing me and that could be an indicator of something "different" about yours, but I'm not sure what it could be. Please consult a primary care provider or preferably a specialist about this condition and keep that picture!

Best Wishes,


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John Brice


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.


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

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

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

*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

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

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*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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