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Zen Chocolate Milk
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Hey yall.

First post.

So, yesterday I went to the doc because I've had a stiff and sore neck. One of my lymph nodes is really swollen. I've also had fevers, and alternating chills and feelings of being too hot.

The doc said it might be mono, so she ordered some bloodwork. I won't know the results for a week.

What I'm concerned about is that the left inner lip of my vagina has been hurting. I decided to check it, and I found that there was a tear or a cut. Next to it though was a roundish looking tear/cut/something.

I starting riding a bike recently, I was wondering if that could have torn my lip. Also, I shave down there too.

I'm worried because I checked the infection section. Genital herpes shares alot of the symptoms I've been having. The only problem is that I've never had intercourse, let alone unprotected intercourse. My boyfriend gave me unprotected oral sex once, but that was at least two months ago. I don't believe he has oral herpes, and I've never seen them on his lips or tongue. I do not have oral herpes either.

My boyfriend also almost always washes his hands before manual sex.

I've heard that you can contract STIs from using public restrooms, but I always make an effort to cover the toilet seat with either toilet paper or a seat protector before I sit down.

I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance, or maybe some more information. I'm very very scared.

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If your boyfriend has oral herpes, then he can also transmit the disease while he doesn't have an outbreak. And it's entirely possible that he does have it, and just hasn't had an outbreak in the time you've known him. Have you two discussed this?

However, you can't diagnose this yourself, so you'll want to see a doctor. And you'll want to d this soon, while the tears/cuts are still there, so they can take a look.

And since you're starting to be sexually active, you'll also want to start getting STI testing. You cannot get STIs from a toilet seat, but there are STIs that can also be transmitted in non-sexual ways, so even if you haven't been sexually active, you'll still want to get tested to be on the safe side (and you'll want to talk to your partner about getting tested, too).

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