I have been reading this forum for a couple days now and feel I need to talk about my problems i'm having. Exactly 1 month ago I had unprotected sex with an ex-girlfriend. Of course anybody would say that that was my 1st mistake. Well the next day I already started worrying about STDs, because I had no idea how many people she had been with in the year between us splitting and this encounter. Well I hadn't noticed any symptoms for the first couple weeks but it still had me worried. Just recently I have started feeling kinda itchy around the base of my penis. I have been constantly looking at it to see if there is any unusual bumps or sores there, and there is not, but still I am not sure. I think the problem with my worry is that I have been reading alot on the web about symptoms of certain STDs, and I keep finding sayings that symptoms can be evident but they don't always show up. Of course by now I'm freaking out because I can't tell if this itching is related or just due to natural things. Everybody says that the only way to be sure is just to get tested, but until that happens, I just need some assurance. Also about a week and half ago I had some pain in my penis and groin but they have since gone away. Has anybody had or heard of these problems. My first concern is herpes because of the itching and I found out that herpes doesn't always show those outbreaks even though someone does have it(refering to the whole no symptoms thing). I feel like I'm in the same spot as some people where I freak out and worry everytime some kind of strange feeling happens. just need some assurance.
Just need some reassurance!
I guess i'll just tell you like everybody else, GET TESTED! b/c that is the only way you'll know for sure and it will also provide you with a piece of mind.
Most STDs present with no symptoms and when they are there, sometimes they go unoticed. Also, sometimes when we worry alot about something, our brain can present symptoms that aren't really happening, a psychosomatic response. The best possible scenario is to get tested and rest easy after.