Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Herpes or Pimple?

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QUESTION: 31 yr old male. had condom protected one night stand vaginal sex 2 months ago. woke up today with an itch in my crotch, between my groin and testicles. Very hairy location. Never shaved there. Had two red bumps that are right next to each other, popped the first one, second one haven't popped. Really scared and worried it might be herpes. I have never had pimples down there before, though I have suffered from jock itch before. Please can you tell me what it is. Thank you so much!!!

ANSWER: Adam,

Those are actually quite normal. They are sebaceous cysts and truthfully a lot of people get them, so this probably won't be the first time you get them nor will they be the last. Herpes lesions are much worse than that (quite painful really) and take forever to heal. Please don't attempt to pop your cysts as this creates a route for infection and you really don't want that as places where the Sun doesn't shine take much longer to heal because of there general location. If you need follow up let me know.

Cheers mate,

John

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QUESTION: Hi just wanted to give an update and ask a follow up question.

It has been six days since the sebaceous cyst showed up. I got it checked at the doctor's too, and they said it looked like a pimple. But even after six days it is still there, and looks the same. It is has become a little less red, but it still itches every now and again, and hurts in a sort of weird way, maybe because it is in a body part that has a lot of friction. It is unpoppable too... I'm guessing if it was really herpes it would have burst by now.

But I just wanted to know, is this normal for it to persist for so long? What can be done to treat it.

Again thank you for all the help and reassurance, it is very appreciated.

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Adam,

Cysts can last for weeks and even months sometimes, so I can't offer you a solution and I won't tell you to lance the damn thing either because I don't even do that to my own. It's just a bad idea and you won't like the outcome. Your undercarriage is naturally moist, dark, and the folds of your skin make for the perfect place for acne to persist and develop. It's just the way it is. I use Lotrimin spray on my downstairs and that helps a lot. There's also powder that you can use in your underwear to decrease the amount that you sweat as well. It's up to you to use products that can help! Let me know if you need follow up.

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.

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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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