Sexually Transmitted Diseases/redness, rash and itch on my penis


redness on penis
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Dear Sir,

I have this redness at the same spot on my penis last couple weeks. On the picture, you can also see there's another skin rash on the lower part of my penis but not as red as the top part. I'm thinking that there are two factors that may have caused this issue;

first one: I used vaseline lotion that might created that itchy and sensitive redness but at the same time I haven't been using that cream anymore during masturbation and it's happening again every other day.

second one: I use a 90% polyester underwear when I go for a run and that might cause the issue, as well. I'm not sure.

I change my underwear frequently and keep that area clean. I haven't had sex for couple months, so I don't think it has anything to do with sex.

So far, it seems like a fungus to me but I'm not sure. It's itchy, sensitive and it dries next day and refresh itself on the other day. When I take shower, I make sure that I rinse it enough so no soap dries on that area.

Would you recommend any type of cream, ointment or something else?

Thank you.

Hello Tolga,
The rash looks very much like a fungal infection of the skin.  The use of the brand of lubricant you used, along with the use of the poly underwear and rubbing from running may be contributing factors. Keep the area as dry as you can, and use one of the over-the-counter atheletes foot medications, such as terbinefine (Lamisil), tolnaftate (Tinactin), or miconazole (Micatin) and it should clear up.  If you have an itchy crotch or feet, the fungus may be there too.

Good luck!

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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 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

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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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