Sexually Transmitted Diseases/small bumps around penis head

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I saw my PCP about some redness under the head of my penis. He said it was probably just irritated (dermatitis). He did initially mention the possibility of herpes which of course made me a bit paranoid.

I am not sure how closely he really inspected me so I just wanted to get your opinion on one thing. I might just be hyper aware of every little thing now. I noticed some really small bumps on the head of my penis. Do they look natural?

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Jack,

Those are called pearly penile papules or PPP and every guy I've ever seen on this site (including myself) has them around their corona. They are HARMLESS and yours look completely normal. It would be normal for them to get a little red from time to time because you're circumcised; in fact, I would be surprised if your penis never turned red at all! Circumcised penises tend to respond to changes in their environment just like normal skin because you don't have a covering to protect you from temperature changes or dryness. Being circumcised has its advantages too, so don't despair. I've been circumcised for 33 years and there's nothing I can do about it either, so you take things in stride. But, you look completely normal and no it isn't herpes. It doesn't even look remotely close to herpes, which amazes me why your doctor would even say that. Herpes lesions look like hell on Earth (like a pimple exploded, then exploded again and it hurt 5x worse). I wouldn't worry to much about your PPP, so if you need furthur advice let me know.

Chow,

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

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

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*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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