Surface Issues

Dear Dr. Eva, I have an itchy rash under my testicles and on my inner thighs. I’ve been told it’s jock itch. I’ve used different creams, but it keeps coming back. Could this be a sign of something serious? T.J. Dear T.J., Probably not. Jock itch (the medical name is tinea cruris), which is caused by a fungus, is often hard to get rid of. You need to keep the area as clean and dry as possible, apply antifungal cream or powder twice a day every day, and keep applying it for a couple of weeks after the rash seems […]

Making a Relationship Work

Everyones’ lives are affected by the connections we make, whether they are friendships, relationships, partnerships, or acquaintances. Human beings are not in a balanced state when there is conflict, so we look to make those connections harmonious. The question of “making them work” on the one hand sounds right, but on the other, it simplifies it to some kind of a mechanical endeavor. Add some WD-40? Smooth the edges with a file? If only we were so uncomplicated … Take two or more individuals who have grown up in different environments and families, throw them together and expect that all […]

Take steps to Bring HIV to ZERO

Chase Brexton Health Care The 2019 Baltimore AIDS Walk & Run is less than two months away, and organizations and community partners across Baltimore are joining with Chase Brexton Health Care to take steps against HIV/AIDS and bring the rates of new infections to zero! We checked in with Christian Metzger, executive director of Moveable Feast, a longtime partner of Chase Brexton Health Care, to find out what his organization’s team is doing to support this year’s AIDS Walk & Music Festival. For those who might not know, could you briefly describe Moveable Feast’s mission in the community? Our mission […]

Reach Your Fitness Goals

We are sure at this point you have heard that if you want to reach goals like gaining muscle or shedding a few pounds, you have to do HITT, or High-Intensity Interval Training. That’s a workout technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up while burning fat in less time. Our clubs not only provide HIIT training through our YouCoach personal trainers or our group fitness classes, but our class instructors and trainers offer a variety of […]

Dates in the House of the Lord

Easter Sunday drama! Elton John tickets! Hair in your fettuccini? Let’s shut all this down with another relationship column you didn’t ask for but absolutely need. I have been seeing my boyfriend for one month. I want to bring him to my diehard Roman Catholic mother’s Easter Sunday mass. Should I?  Unlike Sunday lunch, church is another ball game where the only things on the menu are wafers, wine, and judgment. If your boyfriend is down to go and not a hostage, that shows dedication on his part. Unless your mother is as chilled as mine, expect to be scrutinized […]

Has Spring Already Sprung?

According to the calendar, spring is just a few weeks old. If you look at the weather, only the hardiest of flowers and trees have started awakening from their winter slumber, and the temperatures are anything but balmy. Nobody I know has put away their winter coats for the season. The housing market seems to hold a completely contrary opinion, however. According to statistics from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the spring market began weeks ago! February existing home sales rocketed to an 11.8% increase from the prior month, while economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal had expected […]

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish!

Dan Hawkins has been a full-time professional DJ for 31 years. His company, MusicMasters, provides DJs for all kinds of events. They regularly win awards for their work. They’re not cheap, starting at just under $1,000, nor are they over-the-top expensive. Dan and the DJs who work for him are frequently seen at weddings and events all around Baltimore. I know Dan, like his work, and think the world of the guy. He’s kind, has integrity, and is very, very good at what he does. Dan posted the following story on Facebook, which he has given me permission to use […]

Dream of Nice

Nice is a year-round sunny paradise that sits next to the Mediterranean Sea in the southeastern part of France.  It is France’s fifth largest city and it offers trendy restaurants, Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches, and stunning sunsets.  It is home to France’s upper class.  Nice’s popular harbor is crammed with beautiful yachts, its cliffs are filled with expensive homes, and its coastline has several exclusive resorts that are walled off from public view.   But Nice is also for the common tourist, offering inexpensive things to do and see.  Nice also welcomes the LGBT community as many bars and clubs […]

Baltimore in My 1960s

It was nearly 51 years ago that I first crossed the threshold at Leon’s in Baltimore and declared to myself that I was out. The world was in turmoil. It was the worst of times, but as with Dickens, it was also the best of times. Despite the Vietnam War, the political assassinations (Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy), there was a general feeling in my boomer generation that, with the status quo seeming on the brink of collapse, we were going to pick up the pieces and remake the world into a better place. Perhaps, part of our […]

Avuncular Secrets

Dear Andre, This isn’t really a love or relationship question, but I’m still hoping you can help me out. I’m 26 years old and a lesbian, and recently one of my uncles passed away unexpectedly. The two of us always had a strong bond, and he felt more like a best friend than family. I’m absolutely devastated. About a week ago my mother asked if I would go to his apartment with her and help organize his belongings. While doing so, I stumbled on a shoe box under his bed that was filled to the brim with explicit gay male […]