Savage Love Savage Love Letter of the Day
posted by December 20 at 15:44 PMon
My new boyfriend and I just spent a romantic Friday making love and performing all kinds of love acts. However, about 10 hours after our fabulous day of lovemaking, he developed a rash. He has asked me in a very kind way, whether I thought I had any skin issues or VDs, but as far as I know I’m disease-free. I haven’t even slept with anyone in at least 7 months. This looks a bit to me like a moisture-related folliculitis issue to me. Do you have any ideas? This could put a huge damper on this fabulous new relationship I’m in and I’m very worried that he may have trust issues after this if I’m to blame. Please help!
BE here was kind enough to enclose a photograph of her boyfriend’s rash for me—it’s right up there at the top of the post. That picture? Did you notice it? Scroll back up, if you missed it, and take another look. Or click here for a bigger version. I’ll wait.
Okay, a lot of people think my sex-advice gig is an easy-peasy stroll in through a park full of pervs. But there are risks, people, occupational hazards. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been innocently reading through the ol’ email and—bam!—up pops a picture like the one above. I opened this email from Back East—click here for a hi-rez version of the photo she enclosed!—while I was eating my lunch. I nearly choked to death on my spring roll. I should be getting combat pay here.
Most people that send me pictures of the sores on their cocks, labia, sacks, and assholes me they’re “too embarrassed” to see a doctor, but they’re not too embarrassed to take a picture and email it to me. Since I’m not a doctor, and can’t proscribe anti-crotch-rot-otics through the column, the folks that send me pictures like this still have to go to the doctor. By writing me they’ve just delayed an inevitable doctor’s visit and, in most cases, allowed symptoms to worsen.
But I don’t think Back East’s boyfriend has an STI. There are no STIs that I’m aware of with a 10 hour exposure-to-breakout turnaround time. And those don’t look like any syphilis sores or scabies’ bites or anything else I’ve ever seen on YouTube. What it looks like is a weird allergic reaction, as Back East suggests. But if Back East’s boyfriend is concerned—and wouldn’t you be if this happened to you?—he should GO SEE A DOCTOR, not send pictures like this one to me.