This may not be a common pimple. But don’t panic just yet….
Yes, men can get a pimple on the penile shaft, but there are numerous STDs that present on the penis. And if you have a “pimple,” or what can be described as pimple like bumps on the penis, it’s time to take action and get tested.
If you’ve had:
Sex with a new partner
Oral sex (receiver) from a partner
Sex with a partner that may have multiple partners
It’s time to get tested. There are also other rarities where you can contract an STD without actually having intercourse.
If you’re sexually active, it’s a smart idea to get tested once every six months or less. People that have sex with many partners will want to get tested more frequently. Anyone that fails to get tested risks exposing their current and potential partners to a sexually transmitted disease.
Bumps On Your Penile Shaft Could Be Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. The worst part – there is no cure. Spreading this disease through sexual contact results in 3+ million people in the United States alone being diagnosed with genital herpes.
Lab tests are required to confirm if you have herpes.
And the pain can be chronic as well as the pimples on your penis. The worst part? Herpes can last for years or even be a lifelong problem that you need to combat.
In short – you don’t want herpes.
But if you do notice pimples or bumps on the penile shaft or on the testicles, it’s time to get tested. The last thing you want to do is spread herpes to a loved one. Proper action and treatment will help you manage your STD.
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) or herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). And those little bumps or pimples are not pimples or bumps: they’re little cold sores that are surrounding your penis – it’s not attractive to say the least.
If you notice just one or two small pimples, you may just have pimples. Or this may be a sign of a herpes outbreak.
Penis bumps, along with pain, redness, itchiness and even fatigue, are a sign of genital herpes. What you’ll experience is:
Eventual clustering of small, round blisters (they look like bumps and pimples, too)
Pain from these clusters
Rupturing after a few days
Crusting of the blisters
Reddish appearance on the area
And what you thought was a mere pimple is herpes. There are treatment options if you act quickly, but this disease is not able to be cured. You’ll be able to manage your STD, and you will be able to prevent outbreaks in most cases. But do know that outbreaks are recurrent and can happen at any time.
An STD on your penis is not what your partner wants to see.
Treatment is necessary unless you want to live with recurrent outbreaks and pain. Get tested and start seeking treatment as soon as possible.
HPV Can Cause Penis Pimples and Bumps
Small bumps on your penis can be the result of HPV – the virus that causes genital warts. These warts are often the same color as the surrounding skin, and they’re normally not painful. The downside of HPV is that the warts are persistent and won’t simply go away in time.
And there is no hiding these warts from your partner.
Spread through sexual contact, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is diagnosed in 3+ million people in the US per year. And while vaccines can prevent some forms of HPV, this is an infection that cannot be cured.
A medical diagnosis is required to properly determine if you have this STI.
Sometimes, you’ll find a single wart on your penis that will persist, or you’ll find a clustering. When clustering occurs, it’s not uncommon to think that you have white bumps on your penis. And it will be far more prevalent due to clustering.
People with white skin will see the bumps as white.
But if the area is red, they may also present as red bumps on the penis.
It’s important to get tested right away if you believe you’re suffering from genital warts.
Genital warts are less damaging in men than they are in women. If you pass these warts to a female partner, she will have a much higher risk of getting cervical cancer.
Moral of the story? If you have bumps, pimples or warts on your penis, it’s time to get tested.
Syphilis Can Cause Red Bumps on the Penile Shaft
While the other STDs are not as serious as others, syphilis is a very serious STD. A painless red bump will present itself on the penis or any other site where contact was made, and this is considered the incubation period which starts 9 – 90 days following contraction.
The lump can be mistaken for a red bump or pimple, and it can also be in brown or black colors.
If you do notice this lump, you’ll soon find that the ulcer breaks and it will be painless. The groin is likely to begin swelling at this point. Many people assume that since the lump is gone, they’re cured, but this is certainly not the case.
The breaking of the ulcer is just the start of syphilis.
Months can go by before the second stage of the STD begins to present. This is when you’ll start noticing that you have a sore throat, fever and a rash may even form. Your health will start to decline at this point.
Treatment is vital before the third stage.
If you allow syphilis to reach the third stage, it will start to attack your organs. The brain will also be attacked at this time and can have dire consequences for all sufferers.
Thankfully, syphilis is less common in today’s world than it was in the early twentieth century. There are cases where some sufferers didn’t seek treatment and had the mental capacity of a child as a result. One of the most famous cases is that of Al Capone, the famous gang leader. Capone did not get treatment until the third stage of the disease, and the initial hospital he visited would not treat him because of his reputation.
When examined years after the incident, doctors found that syphilis attacked his brain and caused him to have the mental capacity of 12-year-old.
Small bumps or pimples on your penis can be very serious. We know it can be an overwhelming situation but if you do not seek treatment, you’re putting yourself as well as any partners at risk. It is worth the peace of mind to get tested as soon as possible.