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QUESTION: I have this white spot on the head of my penis for quite some time now. First doctors said it was dermatitis, then molluscum contagiosum. Can you identify what it is? There is no pain or itching.

ANSWER: Hi Derrick,

Dermatitis has itching associated with it, whereas molluscum does not. Molluscum, as you know, is a viral skin infection that can be spread through sexual contact. They can be spread to other people if you choose to engage in unprotected sexual intercourse as their is no cure for the disease. However, molluscum is no life-threatening, nor is it serious. Molluscum can go away on its own after 6-9 months and may remain dormant for a really long time; just like herpes. If you're interested in treatment options, a dermatologist can "freeze off" the polyps, but you will need to schedule an appointment for that.

Best wishes,


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QUESTION: I have never been sexually active or had sexual contact. What could the bump be?

I said it CAN be spread through sexual contact, its not always. Whereas dermatitis is a short-term skin infection. Eczema, however, is chronic as well as molluscum. But eczema is caused by a defective immune system and unless you've been tested for that I cant give you any more information than that.



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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.


3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

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*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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