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 […]

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 […]

Take a Moment for Your Testicles

April is testicular cancer awareness month with April 1st kicking off awareness week. Over 9,000 men will be diagnosed this year, but the good news is the survival rate averages 95% with 99% survival for early detection before it spreads out of the testicle. I had the opportunity to interview fellow physical therapist and testicular cancer survivor Scott Chupnick about his experience with testicular cancer with regard to what initial symptoms took him to the doctor, the challenges and transformation he and his family have gone through, as well as the life lessons from this experience. He also has an […]

Attaining an Overall Healthy Lifestyle

It’s all around you wherever you turn. Work out more. Eat better. Take control of your health. But often you don’t even know where to start or the steps you need to take to achieve a lifestyle that is better for your well-being. Here are three areas to focus on when starting your journey to becoming a healthier you. Start a fitness routine – Exercise can seem daunting and overwhelming if you are just starting out, but there are practical ways to squeeze in a workout. Take the stairs at work or walk to places that are a mile or […]

U=U Maryland Campaign

Last fall, Baltimore became the newest city to join the worldwide scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals who are in treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to their sexual partners – Undetectable=Untransmittable. Since then, the community-driven U=U Maryland campaign has worked to share this critically important message statewide, including at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 11th from noon to 1:30 pm at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will include information from Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton’s Infectious Diseases Center of […]

Apology Needed?

When is it comfortable for you to apologize? Or are you one who never uses this form of communication? Do you think you are never wrong? Or are you the one who apologizes at every turn? Humans being the imperfect creatures that we are, we all make mistakes that unintentionally offend others, cause hurt feelings that may trigger anger and resentment. Some of us internalize these and then the negativity festers. Others express the reaction and may engender further conflict. In a relationship, these kind of interactions can lead to a healthy resolution and consequently, to growth, but it is […]

Can we prevent cancer?

Dear Dr. Eva, At the age of 58 my partner has been diagnosed with cancer. We are both stunned. Because we both have a family history of cancer, we have done everything we can to lower our risk. We have had colonoscopies on the recommended schedule, exercise regularly, eat cruciferous vegetables at least three times a week, and take antioxidant vitamins daily. We don’t use alcohol or tobacco. I didn’t think this could happen. Are all the precautions we took pointless? Feeling Cheated Dear Feeling, Your precautions weren’t pointless. They have reduced your cancer risk and you should continue with […]