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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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2017-02-17 STD question:

Hello Tom,     I see from the photographs, that your penis is uncirc'd, and the red dots appear to be on both the head (glans) and distal shaft where the foreskin would cover.  Uncircumcised penises have

2017-02-15 Rash on penis:

Hello Albert,  I cannot second guess doctors who are already examined and diagnosed you since their evaluation is almost more precise and more effective than a few photographs.      However, I do see from

2017-02-14 Is this normal:

Hello Terry,  I would recommend  you talking with and being examined by your gynecologist.  Although it does NOT look like warts and it could be a normal variation, it does look like a prolapse of the

2017-02-13 Penis is what's wrong please help:

Hello Anonymous,  Persistently itchy rashes on penis and other skin areas sounds like bug bites.  Scabies is a microscopic bug that burrows and lives under the skin and sometimes causes bumps and usually

2017-02-12 Meds:

Hello John,  Sorry, I am unaware of any take home tests except for the HIV home test, using a mouth swab.  I think it needs to be sent away and results are available from the lab.  Gonorrhea, chlamydia

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