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Mark P. Behar

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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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2016-12-09 Birthmark looking on Penis Head & Shaft:

Hello John,   Birthmarks usually are noticed at birth! Your attributing the red area as a "birthmark" that you've never noticed before now does not support your belief that it is a birthmark.  Thinner

2016-12-07 Warts?:

Hello Again, Antonio,  Verruca vulgaris is a wart caused by a different strain of HPV.  You may get a biopsy if you are trying to determine exactly what it is.  Alternatively, your goal is to get rid of

2016-12-06 Ummm?!? HELP!!!:

Hi Again, Jan,  Initial outbreaks of herpes usually takes a few days to show up after initial exposure. "Yesterday" doesn't qualify.  You never mentioned whether you EVER had herpes in the past. Herpetic

2016-12-05 Herpes?!:

Hello Emma,   You haven't provided me with enough information. How long have you noticed these bumps? A day or so, or for a week or more? Any itch, numbness, tingling, funny feeling?  The upper photo ("Herpes?")

2016-12-05 Ummm?!? HELP!!!:

Hi Jan,   Perhaps using a silicone- or water-based lubricant to prevent friction injuries next time would be helpful.  Since you recently had an antibiotic, it is possible that you might have a vaginal

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