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Bumps and rashes on buttocks, itching, had protected sex who had genital herpes. Difference between heat rash and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between a heat rash and herpes? I read both have bumps and/or rashes. I have both in a certain area on my buttocks and it itches (mostly right when I m ready to sleep at night). I had protected sex with someone who had genital herpes(they had no outbreak around the vaginal region and they are on medicine to control outbreaks) but I don t believe the infected area touched my buttocks.
Asked On : Sun, 1 Apr 2012
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
Herpes simplex infection is characterized by painful, and fluid filled vesicles on the external genitalia.
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus 2.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 causes oral lesions.
However, herpes simplex type 1 can also cause genital lesions.
Thus, oral sex can also cause genital lesions.
If you want to confirm or rule out herpes simplex infection, a blood test for the antibodies of herpes simplex should be done.
In case it is positive, appropriate treatment should be taken.
Your partner should also be tested for it and if positive, anti-viral treatment should be taken.
Avoid sex with infected partner.

thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sun, 1 Sep 2013
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