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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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2016-10-20 STD ? Very concerned!:

Hello Merk,   If these bumps are new, than they need to be more closely examined by a knowledgeable health care provider to rule out flat warts.  However not all bumps are warts, and these may be related

2016-10-19 Sexual Disease could it be HPV?:

Hello Mark,   Warts are growths of tissue caused by human papilloma virus.  So all warts are caused by HPV, by definition.  However not all growths are warts.  Without talking to the doctor who made the

2016-10-18 bumps in my urethra. hpv?:

Hello M. Lewis,  The bumps you have inside your urethra are warts caused by HPV, and require treatment with one of several different methods, which you should discuss with your health care provider. She

2016-10-16 Red Patch On Penis Head:

Hello Steve,  In order to know what you have for sure requires a careful examination, which a health care provider must do.  The redness almost looks like an acute hematoma. Does the redness remain intense

2016-10-15 Is this warts ? An sti:

Hello Madi,  Your symptoms sound very much like a urinary tract infection (cystitis).  Burning with urination, cloudy and odorous urine, low back or low abdominal pain, all may be symptoms of a bladder

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