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Hi i'm a 20 year old female and i've had 3 sexual partners since around the age of 15, all of which I have used protection with (birth control AND a condom). I have never had unprotected sex. recently around december I noticed that there was a rash, a small red irritated area just on the outside of my inner labia. I thought it was due to shaving since i usually do get razor burn and it went away, however in recent months it has come back in the EXACT same spot after i shave. I am positive 2 of my partners are STD free and the other i am almost certain is clean and if not did not have an outbreak when we had intercourse. I am just wondering if this could possibly be herpes, it hasn't spread, it doesn't blister and there is no puss, just a small red rash type of thing. and why is there no outbreak? it only appears in literally the exact same spot only after i shave. I am also wondering if it is possible to catch herpes off of inanimate objects such as toilet seats or chairs at bars?

thank you

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What I can tell you right now is that herpes is spread via direct skin to skin contact, so it is extremely doubtful you caught anything off an inanimate object like a toilet seat.

Reading that it is unlikely your partners transmitted any STI to you, the only way to receive a conclusive answer would be to speak to a health provider, being that we can't diagnose you- it'd be awfully difficult online, and we're not certified to do so! Hope this helps.


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While Herpes is one of those where condoms provide less protection than they do other infections -- so, as with others, STI testing is always going to be an important part of practicing safer sex well -- it really sounds clearly like what you're experiencing is irritation from shaving.

And that's hardly surprising: the skin of the genitals and around them tends to be sensitive and can often react strongly to shaving and stubble.

Chances sound awfully good that this probably wouldn't be happening without shaving. Obviously, the easiest way to find out if that is what this is a reaction to would be to take a break from shaving for a few months and see what happens.

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basically i went to the STD clinic today and got checked for everything, the nurse that i saw said it looked like herpes and it most likely is. i'm just wondering if there is any other possibilities as to what this is seeing as i have to wait 2 weeks for results
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Well, Heather mentioned issues with irritation that can come from shaving, but at this point you'll just have to wait until your test results come back, I'm afraid.
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