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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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2017-01-18 HPV?!:

Hello Again, Anna,  Bleeding is from a cut, scratch, menstrual flow, hormonal variations during hormonal contraception, or an infection, and this can ONLY be determined by your talking with your health

2017-01-18 HPV?!:

Hello Anna,   The photos do NOT show any evidence of warts. I cannot say whether you have HPV, since this virus is invisible. Remember that skin everywhere, including the vulva, is constantly remodeling

2017-01-17 Do I have genital warts?:

Hello Ally,  Of course you should go to the doctor (student health, Planned Parenthood, etc.).  Your health care provider can examine you directly, in ways that are impossible with a single photograph

2017-01-15 Normal or abnormal vulva:

Hello Courbet,  The bumpy texture you see is a normal variation, and is nothing to worry about! Note, I am viewing a two dimensional photograph, and a real time exam by a doctor may be able to see things

2017-01-14 Hiv:

Hello Dylan,  It is very, very difficult to contract HIV from oral sex (either giving or receiving). The virus is not well transmitted in that fashion. In the United States, most clinic and hospital based

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