Here is my story. I have never had unprotected sex in my life until about 3 weeks ago. It was a one night stand after many drinks. It was a hug mistake, but the time for regrets has passed. Of course the thoughts of STDs has filled my mind and I have heard sooooooo very many stories and theories, that I don't know what to believe. I was hoping to share my symptoms (or lack thereof) and see if anyone could shed some light on the subject.
First, I must mention that I am getting tested for everything, but it will be a long wait.
Essentially, I am not showing signs of any of the "classic" symptoms such as oozing, discharge from penis, open sores, etc. The symptoms (not sure if STD related or not) include in order of severity: discomfort in the lower abdomen/groin. It isn't painful, but it is very uncomfortable.n Is this lymp nodes, and is it caused by STD's. I have had this discomfort for about 4-5 days. Another symptom although not often is an occasional aching of my penis. It seemed more frequent right after exposure, so I wrote it off as rough sex. And probably the most odd symptom is that my foreskin seems like it may be swollen. The reason why I say this is that all of a sudden it seems to want to roll forward and cover part of the tip (I am circumsized).
I may be more scared than I need to be, but it seems coincidental that these things popped up after hooking up with this woman. The main thing that scares me is the groin discomfort. I have heard many say that it means you have an STD.
Any help is appreciated.
I little concerned. Please help.
Well... It may be chlamydia....
Chlamydia can cause asymptomatic (no symptoms) infections in both men and women. In men it can cause groin pain and swelling (epididymitis) as well as burning on urination (so called, non-gonoccocal urethritis (NGU)). In prepubertal girls, it can cause a mild vaginal discharge and odor (called vaginitis); in postpubertal women it can cause an off-white discharge and odor which comes from an infected cervix. In women, it can be especially dangerous because it can silently linger for months and progress to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which can lead to infertility, chronic pain, and even death. Even babies can get this infection: one half of all babies being delivered through the birth canal of an infected women will develop a Chlamydial conjunctivitis (pink eye) a week after birth. About a quarter of babies passing down the infected birth canal will get a Chlamydia pneumonia. Certain strains of Chlamydia trachomatis can get into the skin through minute cuts and cause a disease known as Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). This disease has a number of stages from a mild swollen groin lymph node to fever and chills. After months to years, LGV can spread to other lymph nodes causing pain, swelling, skin breakdown (ulceration as pictured) and other problems involving ones rectum and genitals.
Try to get checked ASAP.
I am going in to get all testing don on Friday (except herpes). Out of all of the STD's, the only one (other than HIV) that worries me is herpes. Most everything else is curable. Do you know if groin discomfort definately means you have a STD? I have researched the net, and can't get a clean anwswer.
I guess that this was a one-time only mistake, I am worried that I will get "punished" for my stupidity. I hope I get another chance. :confused:
I did the exact same thing as you once. A one time mistake. Freaked everytime something looked weird or felt weird. All of which ended up being something normal or created in my head by worrying. I've now been tested for everything under the sun. YES, EVERYTHING. At first they wouldn't order some of the tests (like herpes) until I became almost hypochondriac like - that's how much I worried myself. Anyway, I've been cleared of everything, and oddly enough, no longer have any "symptoms" of an std. You could just be worried. And if it is chlamydia, it's not too bad. I've never had an std before, but I know lots of people who have. With chlamydia you just have to take some meds and be abstinent for a few weeks. Let me know what's going on. I'm always here to chat. :smile:
Thanks again boo.
I hope that it's just worry causing me to over analyze symptoms. I would like to think that with one incident, the odds are in my favor. Ya never know. I have definately learned a lesson when it comes to alcohol/sex. I pride myself in having good judgement, but when I had too much to drink, judgement goes out the window. Thanks for your support, and I will be around, and I may use you again for some therapy. :laughing:
If it's anything but HIV or herpes, it's all good with a shot or 2.
Hey, no problem. I know how much it helped when other people talked to me about my fears. STD's are scary, especially the ones that you can't get rid of. I think a lot of time people learn after getting one good scare. I sure as hell did. A little fun is not worth an std, especially a permenant one. Let me know how your appt. goes.