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Cuts on penile head during sex

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Hi all. I have HSV- 2, and quite often when I have sex I get a few red areas appear on the penile head where the skin has torn.

Is this a symptom that is associated with  HSV-2, or would you say it isn’t using enough lubricant?

many thanks for your help.

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Hi Paul,

It's difficult to give you a definitive answer via forums, but hopefully this can help. Some folks get outbreaks that look like fissures, also known as papercut herpes, which might be what you have. Have you had a genital outbreak with blisters before? If so, then it's probably not papercut herpes. The only way to know for sure is to get the area swabbed if/when it happens again. And absolutely use lube. Overall, the less friction the better as far as keeping an outbreak at bay (too much friction can certainly be a trigger for an outbreak) .

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I have had regular outbreaks in the past, but since I have been on suppressive therapy I haven’t had an outbreak. It. Just be from friction, definitely don’t look like paper cute, more skin tears in the form of small blotches of red.


thanks for the advice 🙂

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