Thank you for the question. This is probably nothing serious and can be the result of common things like hemorrhoids. However, I do recommend that you see a specialist who can do an exam to make sure. A gastroenterologist would be appropriate. I also recommend Dr. Steven Schechter who we refer a lot of people… Read more »
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“In most cases, people receive a referral from their general dentist. They usually will know who is “in-network” and affordable. Although I don’t know them personally, I have heard that University Oral Surgery in Pawtucket or East Greenwich are good and reasonable. You may want to start there.”
“The uncomfortable sensation is probably normal, but I would suggest checking with a urologist who can examine your prostate to make sure there are no problems.”
“There are several gay friendly physicians in Providence. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated practice though. You can check the “Find a Doctor” page on the website. You can also try Dr. Drew Nagle or Dr. Tony Wu at 111 Plain Street in Providence, Phone 444-3355.”
“We are seeing a large increase in syphilis in Rhode Island (and across the United States). If you are a gay or bisexual man who has a “positive” results for syphilis, even if it is a low level like “1:2″, it suggests you may have syphilis. This should be worked up by experienced medical providers…. Read more »
If you have any symptoms, you should consider seeing a doctor immediately at the emergency room. If you can wait, we are more than happy to provide free testing/treatment at our clinic at 1125 North Main Street, Providence, RI. Walk-in Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 12:30-3:30pm.
We offer *free* testing and treatment for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at our clinic on 1125 North Main street in Providence. The clinic is open 12:30-3:30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (walk-in, no appointment necessary).
“Dr. Ken Abriola is a gay friendly doctor in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I realize this is more the central part of the state. Otherwise, I am unaware of any doctors in Western Connecticut.”
“Dr. Brin was a great Doctor and we were all sad to hear about his passing. His colleague at Coastal Amy Goldfarb (female) I know personally and is a very good doctor. You may also want to try Dr. Joshua Fischer who is there. Otherwise, check out the “Find a Doctor” tab on the website… Read more »
“The staff at The Miriam Hospital HIV/STD Clinic is able to help set up appointments and is very well educated in regards to PrEP. The STD Clinic is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 12:30-3:30pm at 1125 North Main Street in Providence. If you would like to make an appointment with me directly, please email me… Read more »
Finding a gay friendly physician who you feel comfortable with is important to receive optimal care. Part of the goal of this website is to help men find doctors like that. Please check out our page, www.men2menri.org/get-health-facts. We have tried our best to populate this page with gay-friendly doctors, but make sure to leave us… Read more »
Hemorrhoids and treatment for hemorrhoids is extremely common. With ANY surgical procedure, there is always a concern for pain and discomfort. I am not specifically aware of any long-term side effects from rubber band ligation of hemorrhoids. However, the surgeon performing the procedure would know best.
Yes, I would say that you should be able to have anal sex again. The question is how soon. I would defer to the doctor that did the procedure. It depends on what type of procedure, where the biopsy was (close to the rectum?), how much bleeding, what exactly the bleeding is from, and how… Read more »
The Viread (tenofovir) in Atripla is known to cause decreases in bone mineral density (osteopenia) at the hip and spine. This medication is also in Stribild. It’s not clear if calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation can help this, but there may be some benefit.
This is a great question. There are many different ‘strains’ of HIV in the world. When we talk about HIV infection in the United States, we are generally referring to HIV type 1 (HIV-1). There is an HIV type 2 (HIV-2) that is really only found in Western Africa (people who live or have lived… Read more »
These are great questions. The major medical guidelines (based on The US Preventive Services Task Force-USPSTF) suggests screening for colon cancer in adults age 50 years or older (i.e. with a colonoscopy). However, this is for people at “average” risk of developing cancer. If you are at higher risk, (i.e. have a first-degree relative with colon cancer… Read more »
Unfortunately, I do not see primary care patients. Check out the webpage on finding a gay-friendly primary care doctor.
The risk of hepatitis C transmission via sexual contact is low. The risk may be increased if you or your partner have HIV. The risk of transmission is probably higher with anal sex than oral sex, but we don’t know for sure. I would avoid oral sex if there are any mouth ulcers or other… Read more »
You should absolutely ask your old doctor to have your records forwarded to your new doctor. This is important to make sure your new doctors knows about your past medical history
The typical medications for post-exposure prophylaxis (tenofovir/emtricitabine, Truvada) are rarely (if ever) associated with B12 deficiency. Many times it is tough to tell if it is the drug or something else causing it. I would recommend consultation with a specialist which may include a hematologist.