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Help - I need STD advice please
November 25, 2005
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I really need some advice about this because I am worried sick!

I have started developing blister like spots on my 'manhood'. They last for a few days at a time. I have tried antiseptic creams and lotions to no effect. They just seem to gradually dissapear over a period of a few days. They are not sore or tender at all but they are embarrassing. I have done some self diagnosis on the web, (I now, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and all that!), and I fear it may be herpes.

I can't go to the doctor because I don't have a family doctor having recently moved to the area. Any suggestions guys?

November 25, 2005
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If you go to planned parenthood or a county clinic there will probably be someone who can check you out, but don't get too worried until you get the info. Check on-line for std testing in your area, if you just type in std testing and your county and city in Google there will probably be a lot of info.

Good luck willit. It's a scary world in this day and age, the best thing you can do now is find the answers you need and be as responsible as possible with your body and others...I think that's all any of us can do.

(((will)))

November 25, 2005
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Thanks EF. After a 21 year marriage I went off the rails a while back and did some daft things. I only hope that I don't have to pay for this for the rest of my life. I will go and do a google search now.

Just so worried!

November 25, 2005
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Hi Willit,

I agree with EF that you should get checked out.

I have herpes and I know how devestating the thought of having it for the rest of your life can be.

From what you describe, the fact that it has happened more than once would have me concerned. However, the fact that it is not painful leaves the possiblity that it may be something else. For myself, as well as others that I know have it, it is generally quite painful....very uncomfortable at the very least.

Generally speaking it starts as small painful pimples, that turn to pustuals, and then scab over. It only got that far during my first outbreak, before I knew what it was. Since I have been diagnosed, I now know the "telltale" signs of an on coming outbreak, such as a tingling, pins and needles type sensation where the outbreak will happen, general sensitivity, and a run down feeling. When I feel this coming on I start taking my medication immidately. Since I have been doing this, the worst it has gotten is a very, very small pimple that usually goes away after a few days. Most often it doesn't even get that far.

These are my symptoms which may or may not help you. It is different for everyone and some people never get any symptoms at all.

The only way to know for sure is to get tested (best done when pimples are present). In the meantime, just in case, please use caution to protect your wife. If that is what it is, she may very well have already been infected, but it is also possible that she has not.

I certainly hope it turns out to be nothing. You will be in my thoughts.

Lolli

November 26, 2005
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Lolli, thanks, the symptoms sound similar apart from the fact that I have no soreness etc. I will get it checked for peace of mind.

No, she's not my wife in fact there is no 'she'. I was divorced five years ago and after a period of solitude, I then went off the rails, only in about the last 2 years so it is pretty recent. The symptoms only showed about 2 months ago.

Thansk for your advice guys and i'm glad that if the worse comes to the worse, there is medication to help.

November 26, 2005
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I believe that herpes is VERY painful, and what youve described can be genital warts(not painful)
You can be a carrier of both for quite some time with no symptoms... or If your spouce has ever had an abnormal pap smear this could be a result of that.((HPV))

November 26, 2005
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Hi Willit,

I seem to have misunderstood about the wife thing....sorry about the confusion.

I hope everything turns out okay.

Keep us posted.

Lolli

November 26, 2005
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WOaaaa. Only 1/3 of my post showed up... that stinks... lemmie try ot remember....BRB

November 26, 2005
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Okay... HPV cna seem to be herpes to the unsuspecting person, but the bumps dont hurt. A person can be positive for bothe Herpes, and HPV if testing is done via bloodwork, because there are many similar viruses in the same families of these things. that's why finding a clinic and or an MD is important while you have said "bumos"
When I worked at Planned Parenthood for over two years, I saw a lot of both. One poor girl waited soo long to be seen that she had an unbearable herpes outbreak where she could hardly walk the sore was as big as a grapefruit!!! poor thing.
Anyway, as embarrassing as it is, it's best ot NOt wait and see someone asap.
Everything is treatable, while not everything is curable, getting things looked at sooner , rather than later is usually best, if not less embarrassing, it could prevent anything from progressing to a really embarrassing stage.
Genital warts can vary in size, but they shouldnt be painful, not like herpes, which can be VERY VERY painful.
You can google both images, and articles, but TRY try not to freak yourself out into NOT going ot an MD or APRN.
Bth herpes and genital warts cna be hanging around with no symptoms for quite sometime,(you cn be a carrier for an eternity with No symptoms ever or all of a suddn there ya have these things popping in to say hello.
HPV is extremely common, and is both treatble and curable, depends on the Md a lot of times on how it is treated. Herpes can be treated with suppressive therapy meds, and also depends on the MD or APRN, and how "bad" it is.

November 26, 2005
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AW.....

You said:

"You can google both images, and articles, but TRY try not to freak yourself out into NOT going ot an MD or APRN"

I couldn't agree with you more.

After I was diagnosed...I went on the web to find out as much info. as I could. When I saw some of the photos....I WAS HORRIFIED!!!! I felt like I was going to turn into the elephant woman and no one would ever come near me again!

I am happy to report that I have NEVER had ANYTHING like what I saw in those photographs.

As I said, generally I can feel it coming on and start taking my meds. The worst it has gotten (since the first time) has been a miniscule (sp?) pimple barely visible to the naked eye albiet still quite uncomfortable.

As a matter of fact, I hadn't even had the "symtoms" of an outbreak in the past few years. I have been having symptoms lately (usually with my period), but I think that due to stress from my recent relationship troubles and breakup. Hopefully when I get past this whole "breakup", things will go back to normal and this little virus will go back to it's hiding place and never come back!

Willit, if you do look at photos on the web.....don't panic. See a doctor, find out what it is (if anything) and go from there.

We'll be here if you need us.

Love,
Lolli

November 26, 2005
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(((Lolli)))
Those pics can be torture!!!!
I think i remember hearing that after the "first" outbreak" its not quite ever as bad, but I could be wrong.
Cpt1212.... it really is best ot see saomeone soon, to avoid things progressing .

November 26, 2005
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My son developed what you are describing. It was NOT herpes, but some sort of STD which has required both oral meds and topical cream for MONTHS. (Not a "quick fix.") Be patient. Definitely seek out immediate medical attention and (in the meantime) be sure to use protective condoms, if you continue to be sexually active, both for yourself and for your partner.

November 26, 2005
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I should have stated what HPV stands for in case youre researching: Human Papilloma Virus. Can usually be treated with a n oral med, as well as a cream type thing. in some cases your MD or PRN may want ot remove them my cryo(freezing them off)) or using an acid type solution.
Hope that doesnt scare you more, (IMHO the treatments sound worse than they actualy are. for females, you may have to have a procedure ot remove the abnormal cells found on the cervix, which you may be told they are precancerous. tis procedure usually first results in a biopsy of the effected area, then the MD or APRN may want ot do whats called a ColPscopy.((hard ot say at first)) but it is relatively [ainless, may cause diacomfort and cramping afterwards. with a coffee ground like discharge wich is dried blood and or the substance used to cauterize the area.
it is a VERY common, routine procedure.

November 26, 2005
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OMG!!!
Do not google pics!!!
I swear, they seem to only show worst case scenarios, but then again it may provoce some ot NOt put off treatment, becasue its what could potentialy happen.
Geeez louise, those were greusome pics.
When I looked it up years ago, I had a friends book when she was in college, and that was enough !!
Okay... IFffffffffffffff you google, please be careful!!
(((hugs)))
Aw

November 26, 2005
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AW.....see what I mean??????

Horrifying!

November 26, 2005
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good grief, I thought Id seen it all... but nope.
LOL
J really tries to sway me from the "scary " shows on The science channel, and the discovery health channel too, but I'm one who apparently needs to be freaked out here and there. I torture myself by letting myself get too much info.some times.

November 28, 2005
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Thank you all. I have an appointment with the doctor on Thursday! Shit, i'm scared but I am optimistic that it is genital warts! here's hoping! I'll let you know.

November 28, 2005
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((((Willit)))))
I'll be thinking of you.

November 28, 2005
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(((Willit))))

November 28, 2005
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Yes, it sounds just like HPV, yes it is treatable and curable, yes it is contagious, yes she should get a PAP smear and cryosurgery as needed to avoid reinfection and a pre-cancerous condition. It is believed that HPV is far more common among the sexually active than is known. Most make the false assumption that it is herpes, and that there is no cure. HPV is one of the most common STD's now.

Get to a doc, and tell the gal she needs to go, too!

Lass

November 28, 2005
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~Oh, and she may not have matching symptoms to yours, yet still be a carrier. Many doctors don't even know there is a test for HPV, so she may need to specifically ask for it. Otherwise, she will wind up waiting for a bad PAP, a pre-cancerous condition, to reveal its' presence. And potentially infect others until then.

Lass

December 30, 2005
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Hey there willitgetbetter... I was thining about you and this thread after reading a recent STD thread and was wondering how your appointment went ,and how you are doing???
Of course you dont have to reply... just wanted t olet you know I was thinking about you, and wishing you well.
Kindest regards~~
Aw

December 30, 2005
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hi Willit & AW....wanted to bump this up and see if you are doing ok.

love, camer

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willit??/
How R u??/ You still around these here parts???

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