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White penis bumps scare- Please help!

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  • Posted By: helpincolombia
  • June 7, 2010
  • 06:59 PM

Hi. I´ve been traveling in Central America and now Colombia for the last 18 months. About 100 days ago, (about a week after a one night stand with a female traveler. Protected vaginal sex) I noticed some tiny white bumps forming around the base of my penis. The skin affected likely would not have been completely covered by a condom during sex. Minor skin rashes are not uncommon for me in the tropics (jock itch, insect bites etc) and my level of personal hygene has been at an all time low, so I assumed the bumps would go away. 100 days later, they hadn´t and had increased slightly in size and number, so I went to a general doctor here in Cartagena. She gave me a cursory inspection and proclaimed that I had herpes and put me on 600mg per day (for 7 days) of a pill called Virex and a antiviral cream. 4 days later, the bumps haven´t changed and I wonder if I was misdiagnosed with herpes. After reading about outbreaks, it seems highly unlikely that my outbreak would last more than 6 weeks, right? Furthermore, the bumps never burst, scabbed or displayed herpes like symptoms like itching, muscle fatigue etc. I asked her if they were warts and she no, but I wonder if they could be.



I have already begun the angst of knowing that Im sexually infected and accepted that I probably won´t get to enjoy sex nearly as much or frequently in the future, but I still have this hope that maybe I picked up a less harmful condition by sharing towels or soap, or touching my underwear with dirty feet as I put them on. Is it possible?? My savings are depleting rapidly and I have no health insurance so I´m trying to proceed in the most economical manner here in Cartagena rather than moving back the USA. I plan on getting a blood test for Herpes Class 1 and 2 and maybe a swab culture (although I wonder if its possible with my limited symptoms). Are there any other tests I should have done in the blood lab?



I´m a 28 year old male in good health, no past medical history, have had only protected sex for the last 5 years. Thanks for any direction you can give me!!

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  • You have Pearly penile papules. Hi. I´ve been traveling in Central America and now Colombia for the last 18 months. About 100 days ago, (about a week after a one night stand with a female traveler. Protected vaginal sex) I noticed some tiny white bumps forming around the base of my penis. The skin affected likely would not have been completely covered by a condom during sex. Minor skin rashes are not uncommon for me in the tropics (jock itch, insect bites etc) and my level of personal hygene has been at an all time low, so I assumed the bumps would go away. 100 days later, they hadn´t and had increased slightly in size and number, so I went to a general doctor here in Cartagena. She gave me a cursory inspection and proclaimed that I had herpes and put me on 600mg per day (for 7 days) of a pill called Virex and a antiviral cream. 4 days later, the bumps haven´t changed and I wonder if I was misdiagnosed with herpes. After reading about outbreaks, it seems highly unlikely that my outbreak would last more than 6 weeks, right? Furthermore, the bumps never burst, scabbed or displayed herpes like symptoms like itching, muscle fatigue etc. I asked her if they were warts and she no, but I wonder if they could be. I have already begun the angst of knowing that Im sexually infected and accepted that I probably won´t get to enjoy sex nearly as much or frequently in the future, but I still have this hope that maybe I picked up a less harmful condition by sharing towels or soap, or touching my underwear with dirty feet as I put them on. Is it possible?? My savings are depleting rapidly and I have no health insurance so I´m trying to proceed in the most economical manner here in Cartagena rather than moving back the USA. I plan on getting a blood test for Herpes Class 1 and 2 and maybe a swab culture (although I wonder if its possible with my limited symptoms). Are there any other tests I should have done in the blood lab? I´m a 28 year old male in good health, no past medical history, have had only protected sex for the last 5 years. Thanks for any direction you can give me!!
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  • You have Pearly penile papules.Thanks for the thought, but dont peraly penile papules occur around the rim of the head? Mine are around the base of the shaft, conspicuously in the area where a condom might not cover. Any other ideas? I thought it might be Molloscum Cotagiosum, but it doesn`t seem to be spreading even if I try to pop them. Thanks!
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