Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals
A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra.
A common cause of male genital sores are infections that are spread through sexual contact, such as:
Other types of male genital sores may be caused by rashes such as psoriasis, molluscum contagiosum, allergic reactions, and non-sexually transmitted infections.
For some of these problems, a sore may also be found at other places on the body, such as in the mouth and throat.
If you notice a genital sore:
Contact your provider if:
Your provider will perform a physical exam. The exam will include the genitals, pelvis, skin, lymph nodes, mouth, and throat.
Your provider will ask questions such as:
Different tests may be done depending on the possible cause. These may include blood tests, cultures, or biopsies.
Treatment will depend on the cause. Your provider may ask you to avoid sexual activity or use a condom for a while.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Sexually transmitted infections treatment guidelines, 2021. www.cdc.gov/std/treatment-guidelines/default.htm. Updated June 13, 2023. Accessed September 12, 2023.
Clutterbuck DJ. Sexually transmitted infections. In: Penman ID, Ralston SH, Strachan MWJ, Hobson RP, eds. Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2023:chap 15.
Link RE, Tang N. Cutaneous diseases of the external genitalia. In: Partin AW, Dmochowski RR, Kavoussi LR, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 59.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 8/23/2023
Reviewed By: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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