Check up| My boyfriend is avoiding sex

October 06, 2015

Dear Readers,

Lin, 32, writes from Montego Bay. She is suspicious about her boyfriend who has recently been avoiding sex. His first babymother visited from the USA and gave him some time to sort things out between them.

She returned to the States and things are far from normal. She found some pills he was taking namely augmentin, flagyl, azithromycin and fluconazole. Her pharmacist told her that the tablets were probably to treat a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Lin suspects that this is true but asks for our view on this matter before talking with her boyfriend.

Certainly, the combination of medications mentioned can be associated with treating gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichamoniasis and yeast! Yeast is not an STI. The combination does not necessarily mean that the person is actually infected with these diseases as physicians will often prescribe them when a possible STI contact is presumed. T

The person may not have symptoms of any disease. He may be under treatment for a specific disorder and given a more general treatment for prevention of other STI's. The situation seems complex because Lin believes the babymother wants to have a claim on her man. The level of physical and emotional interaction between the babymother and Lyn's gentleman seems unsettled and undetermined..

This could certainly be why it's not business as usual in Lin's relationship with her partner. Lyn should have a frank and honest discussion with her man to determine if there is need for concern. Her sexual health and for her relationship may be at risk. She may not need to worry about an STI if sexual intercourse has not occurred during the lady's visit, but it is always better to be safe than sorry! The real issue is, is whether the man is committed to his relationship with Lin. Is he having problems terminating the previous relationship? This couple needs counselling. Also, the matter of HIV testing needs to be broached. If Lin and her partner have been in contact with an STI source, then HIV should be screened for both. Lin should see her family physician for an examination and counselling.

How to prevent hair bumps

Kelia, 17, a St Catherine student writes about bumps which keep occurring over her hairy pubic region. They often contain trapped hair roots which she pulls out with a needle and she even sees pus. She asks how to prevent the bumps from occurring.

Ingrown hairs are hairs which curl over and grow back into the skin rather than growing up from the skin. These hairs irritate the skin and produce raised bumps resembling a pimple. They can become infected and form a boil containing pus. Men get these bumps on their chin or neck after shaving while women see them on the pubic region, armpits and legs, again, often after shaving or waxing the hair. These bumps, often called "razor bumps" are a pseudo-folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle). They often go away by themselves but can become infected, darken the skin and leave a scar. A combination cream or ointment containing both antibiotics and steroidal preparations is very useful in these situations as they reduce the swelling and treat the bacteria infecting the swelling. Antibiotics can also be taken orally if the infection is significant.

To prevent ingrown hairs the person should:

" Shave with a sharp, single bladed razor

" Shave in the same direction in which the hair grows

" Use a continuous shaving stroke as much as possible as this lessens the opportunity for hairs to get back into the skin (use as few shaving strokes as is possible)

" Rinse the blade after every stroke

" Don't shave too close to the skin

" Apply a cool wet cloth to the area after shaving to reduce irritation

See a Dermatologist for more permanent solutions for this problem. Laser and electric current therapy can be used to permanently remove hair roots.

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