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Herpes? Itching, rash in groin fold, anus and top of penis

Here's the rough timeline:

day 1: Had sex with a friend -- not a sex worker, but she did a several partners in the past. I also practice a fair amount of sport before that, so I'm pretty sure I sweat during that day.

week 1-3: Rash and mild occasional itching in the groin area, in the fold between thigh and hip. It's on both sides, but mostly on the right side. The rash is long (maybe 2-3 inches) and thin, really in fold. No blisters nor sores. Also itching in the anus. A feeling "something" is stuck inside my penis, but no pain nor itching.

Being super anxious, I check with 3 different doctors: they all conclude it's jock itch or a yeast infection. I put Clotrimazole.

Week 4: I can't recall if symptoms disappeared and came back or if they were just milder. Feeling of pain in penis disappeared though. After a while, mild occasional itching on the top of the penis.

Doctor tells me the skin discoloration might take time to disappear. She recommend 2 x pill & continue Clotrimazole just in case.

Week 8: Rash/discoloration is almost invisible. Itching in fold, penis and anus still present.

Went to see a dermatologist who told to stop Clotrimazole.

Week 9: great, all gone!

Week 10: mild itching in fold / anus / penis is back.

I've heard many stories of herpes being confused with something else. My symptoms aren't bad compared to stories I read. But I'm still worried. Any chance it's herpes?
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A few clarifications: the sex was protected and there was no oral sex.

Only itching, no rash or anything visible, on the penis. For anus, well, I can't really tell if anything was visible, but nothing on the butt cheeks.
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As I was reading your symptoms, I thought fungal infection (yeast, jock itch) and not herpes.

You used a condom, so your chances of getting herpes are incredibly low - maybe 1 in 10,000 - and since you exercise/play sports and sweat, and sounds like you didn't shower, your chances of a fungal infection are pretty good.

It's not something I'd worry about, but if you want, and are able to depending on the covid situation where you are, you can get a type specific IgG blood test the next time you're at the doctor's. Again, I don't think you need to worry.
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Thanks, this is reassuring. I've been extremely (overly?) anxious about this.
Glad to help. :)
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