Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Spot on penis


Hi John,

A few months back I masturbated without much lube and noticed a mark that looked like a friction burn. It didn't hurt or bleed, just looked like the skin was damaged. Fast forward a few months and the spot is still there. It is a red, shiny circle. The spot has never been raised, blistered, an ulcer, or anything that an STD would look like. My girlfriend and I have dated for four years and have had sex with and without condoms. Neither of us has ever had an STD nor have we cheated on each other.

The spot never hurts, but it makes me self conscious. When I masturbate or have sex with or without a condom, the spot gets red afterwards, like it is irritated. Also, sometime it gets really dry, which made me think it was genital psoriasis, since I have a few spots on my scalp. I used the topical cream for my scalp on my penis and I wonder if that is the reason it hasn't gone away? If the cream was maybe too strong?

I wouldn't even know the spot was there if I couldn't see it because it isn't raised nor is it painful.



Since the sore is not open, nor does it appear to match any of the STI symptoms I am familiar with, I would suggest this is a skin problem. Typically, you don't self-medicate problems like these because they can go away on their own. If you want to ask a physician about it then find a dermatologist or urologist regarding this problem. And as for your dryness problem, nearly ALL guys who are circumcised have a problem with keratinazation or hardening of the skin. This is also a normal process and cannot be stopped nor treated. Let me know if you need further assistance.



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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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