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About 7 days ago i had unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman and within 24 hours I started to get a irritating patch of red itchy bumps on the left side of my testicles. The night of me having intercourse i hand shaved my testicles and shaft. so i figured it was just irritated skin i put rubbing alcohol on it and something for jock itch and apparently in the night i had scratched the area and the skin had ben completely removed leaving behind a dime size area of raw very sore skin. for 3 or 4 days i had been treating the area with neospern and putting a small piece of tissue over the area to keep it from sticking to my thigh ( a band aid would not stay stuck on) for the first 2 days i believe i saw improvment and the bumps were gone but i noticed that the raw area was being irritated by hairs close by. so not thinking i decided to shave the hairs off and low and behold the little bumps came back again. i have no insurance and altho I'm sure i ll need to go see on i want to at least have a direction to go in besides just going to the hospital

Hello Lance,
Hard to say exactly what it might have been, but herpes is my first guess. It can occur rather quickly, and it may have been spread by your shaving. Neosporin antibiotic cream and ointment may cause MORE irritation and may be replaced by any other similar product without the ingredient "neosporin." ("Triple antibiotic" usually contains neosporin among two others, and should therefore be avoided.)  This may also be an infection with MRSA, methicillin resistant Staph aureus, a common skin germ. You may need to see an outpatient clinic, urgent care facility, dermatologist, or family doctor in a community health or STD clinic.

Good luck, and stop shaving the area with a razor; use an electric or battery operated "buzz" clipper if you need to.

Good luck!

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Mark P. Behar


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 possibly “catching” something from someone who’s hotter than expected (pun intended!). There is much research that supports the contention that an HIV positive person reliably taking HIV medications, and having an undetectable viral load, presents a lower risk for transmission of HIV than people who may think or say they are HIV negative, but are not. Food for thought!


Family Practice PA since 1981; Volunteer Clinician for Brady East STD (BESTD) Clinic, Milwaukee, since 1977; answered STD questions submitted to their web site. Professionally lectured at national and regional Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner conferences, and at national gay & lesbian health conferences on topics including HIV/AIDS, herpes, hepatitis, STDs, human papilloma virus (the cause of venereal warts), abnormal Pap smears, gay and lesbian health issues, among others.

Co-Founder, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Gay Physician Assistant Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Inc.; American Academy of Physician Assistants; Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants; National Co-Chair (2012-16), National Association of Black and White Men Together: A Gay, Multiracial Organization for All People (NABWMT)

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAPA) Q Visions, Quarterly Newsletter of the NABWMT

Bachelor's of Arts, 1972 (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI) Graduate Credits Experimental Psychology, 1972-75 (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) Physician Assistant, Bachelor's of Science, 1981 (George Washington University, Washington, DC); Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, 2000 (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE)

Awards and Honors
Colposcopy Recognition Award (CRA), the American Association of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology; Distinguished Fellow, Clinical Preceptor, American Academy of Physician Assistants; Fellow, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants

Past/Present Clients
Brady East STD Clinic, Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (Martin Luther King Heritage Health Center), Dept. of Family Medicine and Early Intervention Program for HIV Infected Persons

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