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I have red spots on my penis after unprotected sex...what are they?

I’m a 31-year-old male who has been stupid and had unprotected sex. Now I have a few red spots on my penis and the skin seems to be rubbing off. When I touch the spots, it stings a little. Also, one side of my penis is slightly swollen. Can you please let me know what you think it is?

I have abnormal vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese. Do I have a yeast infection?

I’m a 19-year-old college student and I am concerned about my vaginal discharge. It’s very heavy lately. There is no itching and not really any bad smell, but it is rather embarrassing. At first I thought it could be signs of a yeast infection…but besides the heavy cottage cheese discharge, there are no other signs. Please help.

I notice a white discharge from my vagina after sex...what is it?

I’ve been sexually active since I was 16. Since the first time I had sex ⎼ and every time after that, only with sex ⎼ there’s a white discharge from my vagina. The discharge is kind of thick and smooth, and there’s no unusual odor. Is there something wrong with me?

Am I allergic to sperm? I have a burning feeling after sex.

My husband and I don’t use protection during intercourse, and when we’re finished I have a burning feeling in my vagina. Could I be allergic to his sperm?

Can HSV-1 in the mouth be transferred to other body parts?

I know that HSV-1 can be transmitted to the lips or genitals of one’s partner. But is there a risk that the virus could be passed to other body parts, like the breasts or neck during foreplay and intercourse? And, what is the likelihood of spreading oral herpes through kissing if no symptoms are present?

My partner has HIV...what’s my risk?

The woman I love has HIV, but I’m very confused. She says she doesn’t have AIDS, only HIV. What’s the difference? I had sex with her once and oral sex many times. I really love her, but I’m also afraid. Can I tell her that I want to stop having sex without hurting her? What are the chances I’ll get HIV from oral sex?

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