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Mark P. Behar

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returns 03/31/2017
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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2017-02-28 STD?:

Hello Elias,  The photos of your penis look fine, without any evidence of obvious abnormalities. The fact that you have pain and tender lumps suggests a possible infection that needs further evaluation

2017-02-28 Possible herpes ?:

Hello Bill,     I see from the photograph, that your penis is uncirc'd.  Uncircumcised penises have moist skin on the head (glans) and under the foreskin; this tissue is known as "unkeratinized" squamous

2017-02-27 New bump .:

Hello Again, M,  Recurring blisters that last about a week or two are strongly suggestive of herpes, especially if it "ruptures" and progresses to a shallow ulcer before healing. A swab of the affected

2017-02-26 Worrisome spots on penile shift and groin.:

Hello Daniel,  These bumps are a result of skin bacteria getting into irritated hair follicles following shaving. Stop shaving with a razor and switch to an buzz clipper, use the plastic guard for the

2017-02-24 What are these bump?:

Hello Evanna,  Sorry, without a photograph, I cannot tell, as there are several skin problems as well as normal conditions that can cause this appearance.  Since you have NOT had sex with anyone yet, it

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