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What could the small scabbed over, painless and non itchy spot on the head of a penis be?


Posted by sha90

My growing concern has got the best of me and now I need other advice. I have been with my boyfriend since the summer with a few arguements that sent us opposite ways then back to each other. I recently went in and got tested for HIV after driving my nerves crazy over it in Nov. The test came back negative and I was relieved. Also i get in regularly for my exams at the clinic and have never came back positive for any type of STD. The last time I was in the clinic was Dec. 30th and I was clean of what they could test me for there. My boyfriend has never been tested and that has never been a concern for me since I get tested regularly and have never contracted anything. About a week ago I noticed this spot on the head of his penis on that bottom side, ride below the opening. When I first noticed the spot it was small and seemed more like dry skin. Since I pointed it out he has been applying triple antibotic cream on it. I checked it last night and noticed it has seemed to grow in size and developed a scabbed on it with a slight red lining around the edge of it. He claims that it does not itch and is painless and he never noticed it before, until I pointed it out. I am starting to worry about syphilis because that is one STD Im sure the clinic does not test you for. I do not have any sores on my genitals but I know the tranmission of syphilis works slowly. Could anybody gives me any advice on this? I'm not sure how to suggest to him that we should both be tested for syphilis without it causing relationship problems. Help!!

 
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First, you should relax and take a deep breath. Syphillis is known to mimic the symptoms of other diseaes and conditions, so it could easily be something else. 

Although, when it comes to syphillis, you're right about most of the symptoms. If it's in the first stage, that bump would mark where the syphillis entered the body (called a chancre), and is small round and painless. However I don't recall anything about the size of the spot constantly englarging over time. Also, I don't recall the sores of syphillis scabbing over.

Next steps to take would be to try to abstain from sex, especially touching the sore. Direct contact with the sore is how it's spread. If you're going to have any type of sex condoms should be used  just to minimize risk.

 This is going to be something you should get tested though. If he does have it, and did pass it to you, you may be asymptomatic, or you just may not have contracted it. 

 Luckily it's really easy to treat. If you've had it for less than a year, than a one does antibiotic injection will get rid of the infection. 

You need to make him understand that you're concerened about his and your health, and that it's important to you that you get tested. This is something that if treated now, can be cured in days, rather than let it develop and lead to life threatening damage to the organs. It could be good to frame it as not an issue of trust, but as one of piece of mind that will allow you to move forward comfortablely in your relationship.  It's important as you both continue your relationship you understand eachother's health, and respect their feelings. 

 

Hi, I have what sounds like exactly the same symptoms. Dermatologist thinks it's syphilis but the test came back negative. I've had two rounds of the antibiotic shots (just to be sure) but no result so far. In fact the affected area is expanding. Just wondering if you got any final answer for your boyfriend. Thanks!
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