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    Genital Herpes

    A sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. Read more →

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    Syphilis

    A potentially fatal bacterial infection that is typically passed through sexual contact. In its first stage syphilis is characterised by small sores called chancres (pronounced shankers) that appear wherever the infection was transmitted, typically on… Read more →

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    Lymphogranuloma Venereum

    A sexually transmitted infection affecting the lymph glands in the genital area. It is caused by a specific strain of Chlamydia. Read more →

    hi i have had viral meningitis twice now and the cause was to the herpes virus but i have never had any signs such as cold sores or genital sores and neither has my husband of 10 years. does this mean that we both have the herpes virus simply with no symptoms?





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    I have never had cold sores etc but after my period last month i started to experience what i thought was mild thrush. Last week the itching in my vagina got much worst so i took fluconazole & a pessary but it continued to get worst. In the meantime i developed a fever & flu symptoms but as my little boy also had a fever etc i assumed i had caught it fro him. The itching continued & my whole genital area then became very itchy. I gave my doctor a water sample & she claimed i had thrush which had probably spread to my anus & i was prescribed a course of 6 pessaries with another fluconazole tablet (higher dose) the itching then became very sore & it hurt to urinate due to some sores & blisters that i could feel & now see inside my vagina. After a few days this became much worst & i could not sit or even wipe the area. I ceased to have any bowel movements days ago due to the pain & also piles that had now developed. The blisters & sores were now in & around my anus & i developed painful boils and blisters & the top of my thighs under my bum checks. After being in so much pain i saw an out of hours doctor that suspected herpes & prescribed aciclovir tablets. I had sex with my long term partner of 10 years + on 14th dec & have been very susceptible to infections after sex since the birth of our son in 2010 & my partner is adamant he does not & has never had genital herpes. He gets cold sores but has not had one for a while. I am very distressed & confused and need some help & advice as to how i could of contracted this & indeed what i should now do. Please help





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    Cold sores are herpies this is how I caught the virus Down below

    Im a 17 year old boy and suffer with cold sores all the time. I have had Stephen Johnsons Syndrome in 2011 which was caused by cold sores, i now get cold sores 2-3 times a month and was wondering if there was anything i could take or do to prevent them.





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    Hi, I also got stephen johnson syndrome in 2011. I was wondering how serious yours was an what did ur Doctor say caused it? I have been suffering from mouth sores very often now an blisters on my hands, feet, and knees. Please reply back

    Hi, i been worrying so much lately that i have genital herpes, ive just had a sti test 2 make sure its nothing else but lately one side of my vagina itches and scratching it just burns but from as far as i can see i have no sores or anything just abit itchy, do you think its herpes? thanks x





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    Hi, I've recently become involved with a new partner, and was unprotected. I now have sores on the outside of my vagina and is also painful. I don't have the time to go to gum clinic or the doctors, I've never had anything like this before and am worried that it could be genital herpes. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain or make it go quicker without going to the doctors? Thanks.





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    You really should go to a GUM clinic asap to confirm that it is herpes as any partners you have sexual intercourse with need to know! However, whenever I get an outbreak I use warm water with salt and apply it to the area with a cotton ball. Either that or put 1-2 cups of salt in a warm bath, that'll ease the pain and increase healing time without the use of medication. Go to the clinic! Hope that helps!

    Me and my boyfriend have been together for two years now, he's had cold sores since before we met, but yesterday day he came home and said he thinks he's given himself genital herpes through touching his cold sore which come up about 3 days ago, is this even possible? We haven't been sexually active for around 5 days.





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    so me and my boyfriend both get cold sores and the other day I performed oral sex and the next day we realised I had a cold sore so now im freaking out that hes going to get HSV 2 which will pretty much ruin his life and possibly our relationship.. So can HSV 2 develop from HSV 1 and if he already gets cold sores does that reduce the risks? We both don't have HSV 2 but im panicking he could get it from the cold sore.. Additionally would HSV 1 on his genitals be really bad like HSV1 and what would be need to do to sort it out but I thought as we both get cold sores it wouldn't matter because we have it anyway.. thanks..





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    As long as he has already been exposed to the same virus he will be fine. However, with first time exposure, HSV-1 can be passed onto other areas of the body; HSV-1 & HSV-2 are both interchangeable.

    I masturbate frequently(1-4x a day) and one night i felt this pain. I found a red sore on top, and close to the edge of the head of my penis. I then found two other sores or blisters under the head of my penis. The ones at the bottom hurt more, even running water makes it hurt. Im a vigin but I have received oral sex from my gf. It was her first time so I wasn't concern about STDs or anything. Other than the pain from the sores, the edge of the head hurts as well when I touch it. Prior to the pain and sores, I cleaned around the end of my head(where my foreskin folds up behind the head) with a wet q-tip. Could that be what caused the pain and sores and should I be worried?





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    elo i have some small sores on the inside on my penes it stinges when i pee and i have about 5 6 sores





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    Seek professional help Dan. You can't go wrong with that.

    I have resently been suffering with sores either side of my mouth which can last up to a month, when they do heal they come back within 2 weeks. They are very sore and the skin splits. i do suffer with cold sores but these do not look the same. could you help?





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    hi there ive been suffering flare ups with mouth ulcers to the point where i cant evn drink water without pain, inflammed sore eyes , blurred vision, headaches ,severe joint pain with some inflamation on my knee, red skin sores , really bad fatigue, since 2007, never had genital sores though , been told i may have athritis but , now looking into bechets , could this be so as i dont av the genital sores which seem to be the main thing with evryone on here . help ive been fighting these feelings for a long time and just want to feel better .





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    Wendy are you getting your eyes checked by a opthalmologyst??? I had those symptoms & mine turned out to be iritis & uvitis! I dont want to scare you if you havent already you need to pester your doctor for a referral! Treated early enough they can treat it with drops & steroids. The opthalmologyst will just put drops in your eyes & shine lights into your eyes getting you to look in various directions.(hopefully you wont have this but idf you do I would recommend you buy a prepaid prescription (£29 odd for 3 months) as I forked out nearly £60 in 3 weeks of appointments before finding out this existed. I too dont have the genital ulcers (thankfully) though have experienced 3-4 of the symptoms as well as blood tests coming back with the likey type to have Behcets.

    I live in Chicago and am fortunate enough to have access to a doctor who is a part of the ABDA and has thoroughly studied Behcet's, thus leading to a speady diagnosis. My first episode occurred when I was 16. I was first sick with a fever and flu-like symptoms for a few days, then the genital sores started. I went to the gyno and had a different doctor than I normally do, who tested for herpes. The test came up negative. He theorized that I could have a mutated string of mono. I was still prescribed an oral herpes medication to try and get rid of the sores. They disappeared in a few days, though my flu-like symptoms remained for a few weeks. Then, this past summer, as an 18 year old. I had an outbreak of three successive canker sores. I have always had canker sores, but I usually only get one that lasts for a couple of days and goes away, and they don't return for 3-4 months. After the three canker sores, a genital sore appeared. I went to my regular gyno, and her and another doctor examined me, looked into a reference book, and suggested Behchet's. They also gave me a topical corticosteroid cream to heal it and help with pain; it did neither. In fact, I am almost convinced that it prolonged the episode because I had had the sore for around three days prior to the doctor's visit and it had already started to fall off/disintegrate and when I was given the cream, I had no change for FOUR weeks. Yes, I lived with a genital sore for that long. Months later, I had an appointment with the rheumatologist that I mentioned studied Behchet's, and after a lengthy discussion of my medical history, concluded that what I had was likely Behcet's. They prescribed me a pill to take if I were to have an outbreak of either canker sores or genital ulcers. I also have a mouthwash to use for the canker sores. Since then, I have had three canker sore outbreaks, the first one lasting a month, the other one a week, and this one I have currently is coming on a week. I just want a cure, or medication that works a little better at subsiding the agonizing pain! Especially with the genital ulcers! I can't walk/move for four days with those sores, and even after I am in pain for weeks!





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    Who is your behcets doctor in Chicago? I live in Chicago, too, and am looking for a rheumatologist specializing in behcets. Thanks.

    Dr. Calvin Brown out of Northwestern! I also see Dr. Zineb Aouhab. Unfortunately, they only take new clients in the beginning of fall, so around late September. But Dr. Brown has actually done research for the American Behcet's Disease Association, so he really knows the disease. I was prescribed Colcrys which is supposed to help with oral and genital ulcers. So far, it has worked on and off with my oral ulcers but it really works with genital ulcers. I felt one coming and starting taking Colcrys right away and it never developed into an actual sore and the stinging sensation was gone within a few days! So I definitely recommend getting in with Dr. Brown, even if it is a bit of a wait.

    I think I have genital herpes. I have three sores at the middle and base of the outside of my vaginal lips. One is a lump the other is a sore open round wound. I had similar around 4 years ago with an ex partner but it healed in a few days, thought it was just vigorous sex. I have a new partner of 2 1/2 yrs both been monogamous (well I have) and I had something similar to this a year ago which went in a few days. It has only ever been a couple of sores. Now I'm worried I may have genital herpes. Would I have caught it from my new partner? I suffer from cystitis a lot and these showed up 3 days before my period. I take the contraceptive pill. Help!





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    you may have got it from him - you need to go along to the GUM clinic and get tested. it also could be infected spots caused by blocked hair follicles or friction caused by rough sex but you *do* need to know for sure - the herpes virus can cause changes in the cells of your cervix so you'll need to make sure you keep up to date on your smear tests if you have it.

    herpes can lie dormant for years. some lucky folks have a few outbreaks and then they stop having them ,.... their not cured, they still have and are capable of passing it on, it just that its sleeping. stress emotional or physical trauma can cause reactivation of previously inactive infections

    I have a long term boyfriend, I am on the pill and we also use a condom if we have one. We have both never engaged in sexual activities with any other people, so are both STD free. however, I noticed that I have a few small sores near my genital area. A couple of days before I noticed this my boyfriend and I had sex (and oral sex). My symptoms are like those of herpes but my boyfriend does not have herpes and I don't think he gets coldsores either. I don't know what could of caused these sores!





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    This is similar to my experience. Long term boyfriend no other sexual activity. Unfortunately he had passed me herpes 1 (cold sore) to my genital area through oral sex (his cold sores weren't active at the time it was just before one appeared) you don't need to have symptoms to carry the virus and pass it on. It be good to see your doctor to ensure they are diagnosed properly. I know it's embarrassing, I went to a gum clinic and they were helpful and understanding. There isn't a lot the can prescribe but plenty of advice. Good luck .

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    Sounds more like genital herpes. Vaginal yeast infections don't give you sores

    Sores can mean so many things, if you masterbate without some type of lubrication you could get sores from it. Now if your sores have pus coming from them go see your family's practitioner and get an STD swab. But please keep open mind that you may not have herpes and may just be rough patchs:) goodluck

    Sores can mean so many things, if you masterbate without some type of lubrication you could get sores from it. Now if your sores have pus coming from them go see your family's practitioner and get an STD swab. But please keep open mind that you may not have herpes and may just be rough patchs:) goodluck

    I have just been diagnosed with genital herpes and have been given tablets by the doctor, will the symptoms go straight away or will it take a while. In quite a lot of pain but the sores aren't bad.





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    I have been suffering from labia sores for nearly 3 years. I have had the talk about soaps and cotton underwear. I have had a biopsy on of them but still no relief. I wash with dermol 500 but my trigger is heat.I get very sweaty in that area and on top of that periods make you moist aswell.Nobody understands that when these sores appear I find walking and even sitting uncomfortable.After a while the sores bleed and disappear but not for long.Could anyone advise me.I am an Endometriosis sufferer and have had kidney probs which i can cope with but the sores are the last straw!





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    hi,i have genital warts n hav applied podophyllin for two days n they r disappearing but leaving me with very painful sores that i cant even pee in peace, am almost screaming in the bathroom ,please help me





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    i suffer cold sores a lot and after sex my labia becomes large and inflamed, it feels really sore but goes down within a few hours. could this be a symptom of genital herpes or and STI?





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    i had bad ingrowns down there about 5 months ago. now i have sores and scars that wont heal and go away, i am so shy about it. i have tried usuing savlon on it but the sores are still there, what can i use to help the sores heal? should i use bio oil? that seems to work for some people. help!





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    i think i had this not so long a go... i had sex and then the next day i had cut like sores around my genital area. i thought i'd cut my self shaving but then they turned into blisters. they really hurt and i was really worriedd... not to worry though, they went after a few days :D jobs a good'en





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    That is most probably the genital herpes disease. Its quite common actually. Its like cold sores around the vaginal area. It comes after your period because of the hormonal imbalance that is caused by your menstrual cycle. I don't think its anything to worry about, but maybe you should tell your doctor about it.

    I'm 18 and since being around the age of 3 I've always had cold sores, but as getting older they've got worse, I go back and forth to the doctors because the problem is beyond a joke now, in 2 week I had six cold sores and one which was under my eye. The cold sores are now starting to leave scars around my mouth and returning constantly, even with 3 different creams prescribed by the doctor and tablets being given. No matter how many times I go back they just say it's natural, but being a 18 year old girl in this day in age walking around with COLDSORES on your face isn't nice. The cold sores are just little things they come up very big like blisters, I've even had one popped and the thing inside it swobbed to see if it was anything. Please someone help.





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    I got diagnosed with genital herpes over a year ago and when i first had it, it was very sore and i had lots of splits. in the last 5 months i have been getting sores and little splits on either side of my vagina every 2 weeks, i went back to the GUM clinic and it came back that it was not herpes, i am completly and utterly confused as i keep going back to the GUM clinic and they keep giving me the tablets but in the tests it keeps coming back that it's not herpes. when i first got it i was told if it came back it wldnt be as bad and it would come back in the same place?? but the sores and splits i get keep coming up in different places, and i get them every 2 weeks. i am so confused and it's really depressing me.





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    have you seen your GP? if the GUM clinic arent being helpful then i think its worth getting a second opinion.

    Yeah I have seen my GP but they just refer me to the GUM clinic as they say they are unsure and the people in the GUM clinic r specialised in the area. I am just so confused

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    I had sex with a guy 7 weeks ago, now I've came out in two sores down below, they don't hurt when I wee, but do when they are Touched, I've been to the g.u and they aren't sure if its herpes and sent it off for testing, I took the pills they give me and the next day after taking two pills the sores was gone!!!!! Without scabbing, I had a bladder Infection and was given augmentin could these pills Course the sores??? I am hope I haven't got herpes:-(





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    if you get cold sores (herpes) and you have sexual intercourse with someone , if you don't have the cold sore at that time can you give your partner genital herpes?





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    I have had gential herpes for several years now. In response to your question, if your have herpes and have sexual intercourse with your partner without cold soures being present. There is still a chance they will catch it through asympotomatic shedding. It is important to remember that herpes can still be caught even through protected sex. May I suggest you look at this website. It is vey helpful. http://www.herpes.org.uk/faq.html#10

    I am 16 years old and i think i may have genital warts. ive only had sex once but some of the sympomes that i have is also discribed when i researched genital wart. the vagina is sore, itchy and there are lumps on it and i am deeply concerned because my boyfriend hasn't ever said if he had genital warts or not but ive noticed warts on his hands. what can i do myself to figure out if this is genital warts or not. can this be treated if it is an early stage??





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    I am 17 and think I have genital herpes. I have had a white discharge while in the bath with a little blood in it. The day after I have a large discharge. I did go to a clinic but they did not have the right equipment to take a sample but thought it was herpes. Could I have caught this from my boyfriend who I have been with for 1 1/2 yrs. He says he does not have any symptoms and has never suffered from cold sores.





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