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Almost any question or concern about gay men's health issues, sexually transmitted infections, abnormal Pap smears, anal cytology (anal "Pap smears"), etc. There is no such thing as “d/d free” or “clean” (free of infection), so why do so many of us deceive ourselves into thinking that some people are indeed totally free from a potentially infectious disease, like HIV, herpes, hepatitis, syphilis, chlamydia, warts, gonorrhea, etc., just because they say so? Clinical laboratory tests are not perfect, and having a “negative” or “nonreactive” test does not mean that a person is free from infection. Perhaps at the moment the test was taken, the person was uninfected; or, perhaps, the test wasn’t sensitive enough to detect presence of the infection. There is really no way that anyone can determine that they are truly “disease free,” and there are over a hundred of infectious conditions that can be spread without your knowing anything. Rather than trying to “pre-screen” or “serosort” a potential sex-mate with deceptive questions that are impossible to know by today’s technologies, a wiser option may be to consider everyone infected with something, and either use appropriate protective measures (“safer sex”), or accept the responsibility and consequences of .....

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2016-09-25 Flesh colored bumps. Been tested and have seen a urologist.:

Hello Justin,  Although urologists are experts from the kidneys to the urethral opening (meatus), their specialty is inside. Dermatologists specialize on the skin.  However the urologist sees enough penis

2016-09-20 Persistent rash on penis:

Hello Troy,  Surface capillaries sometimes become more apparent-- thinner overlying skin from friction or dilated blood vessels for no reason. Sometimes it's related to an allergic reaction to something

2016-09-20 HPV, genital warts?:

Hi Again Joe,  Thanks for your much more complete history and better photos.  It appears that your foreskin is pulled back, and the appearance of your skin around the meatus appears to be normal in uncircumcised

2016-09-19 HPV, genital warts?:

Hello Again, Joe,  Sorry, no other photos were attached. I do NOT see anything that appears abnormal in the first photo attached in an earlier post.       Sorry, I don't understand: you said it isn't white

2016-09-18 HPV, genital warts?:

Hello Joe,  I do not see anything in the photo that looks like warts or HPV.The meatus does look a bit irritated.  Hopefully, you have had standard urine tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and trichomonas

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