Q. I have a red rash with small red dots on my penis. Can it be an STD?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 23, 2017

Hello doctor,

I have a red rash with small red dots on my penis. My previous partner cheated on me one year ago. Tonight, I made out with a girl. Both of us were dressed. There was a lot of rubbing. There is no itchiness or pain when I pee. Can it be an STD from my ex a year ago which was my last unprotected sex or just irritation from sweat and rubbing?



Welcome to

I read your query and understand your concerns about the possibility of an STD (sexually transmitted disease).

  • First of all, I would like to inform you that most of the rash-causing STDs have an incubation period of six months or less and there is a good possibility that the current rash is unlikely to be related to your ex unless you were sexually active with her until recently.
  • Secondly, from the available description, it appears that you developed this rash only yesterday, following making out with another girl. This makes quite the possibility that the rash is related to your current encounter rather than anything else.
  • Thirdly, on looking at the affected area, it appears to me that the lesions are friction-related and do not appear like any specific STD illnesses.

I hope this answers you. Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions. You may also approach me for online video consultations or counseling related to sexual disorders and sexual health. I will be glad to help you.

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