Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Penis head pigmentation

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I am a 24yr old male and recently discovered a change in the pigmentation of  my penis head. It doesn't itch, not raised, slightly rough(dry) to the touch but smooth once I apply lotion. Happened recently and I have been applying lotion much as I can thinking its patches of dry skin. I have not had any sex or masturbated since I discovered it.  I do run in compression shorts, possibly the problem is caused from the friction of the compression shorts rubbing on the head of the penis. I attached a pic, I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.

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Sonny,

Changes in pigmentation can occur as melanin (the skin pigment chemical) could alter entirely with no reason as a result of lack of sunlight. The main point is that its not necessarily abnormal for your skin color to change and sometimes this change is permanent. I have a large pigment change on my glans that has been there since my late teens and will remain forever. If you want to get this checked out, please consult with a dermatologist once a year, which is a great idea to keep melanoma in check!

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John

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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.

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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

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*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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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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