Sexually Transmitted Diseases/STD or something else??


QUESTION: Hi Dr. i found these group of spots on my penis, what are they? And i am still a virgin but i bought a fleshlight from a store 3 weeks ago and now i am really worried. Also i feel a little sore on the foreskin under the penis head.  Please help!

ANSWER: Albert,

I'm guessing since you didn't use any lubricant and a Fleshlight (especially a new one) can be very abrasive when you first use it, you received an abrasion burn. This is similar to receiving oral sex or having intercourse without protection or using enough lubricant the first time. The bumps are simply skin cells that have been sheared off your penis and now your skin is healing, so no concern there. This will happen pretty much every time you use your Fleshlight, but if you were to use a water or silicone based lubricant applied generously to the inside of your Fleshlight, you would see a dramatic change and feel much better!



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QUESTION: HI, thanks for the advice doctor and  sorry to have to brother you again ,i am still worried because the dots that is on my foreskin looks terrifying,so i did some research online and i feel like they kinda look like genital warts, or fordyce spots, i will send you another picture that looks a little bit clear. Can you identify them please?And what are the chances i got  infected with STDs if the fleshlight was used and returned by someone because i did not wash it before i used it, however it has to be at least 8 hours before i used it after purchasing it from the store. Please help Dr.!

Hi Albert,

I've written about this numerous times and they're known as Fordyce's spots, which are deep sebaceous forms of acne. Lots of people have them and they actually have a genetic component, meaning you inherit them from your parents, so they are not a disease, but there is no cure for them either. However, you can consult with a dermatologist or skin doctor to have them removed since yours is rather on the more serious side. Please never try to remove them yourself as there is always a risk of scarring and infection. There is a side note to this however: Just like any form of acne-they can return and often do. If you have further questions, let me know. I've had them since I was in my teens and still do, but they often lessen in numbers as you age.



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John Brice


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

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

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

*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)

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*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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