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Should I tell my sex partners about my psoriasis?

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When you're with someone new, be up front about your psoriasis. Explain that it's not catching and doesn't spread through kissing, hugging, or making love. Since psoriasis around your groin and genitals can look like an STD, you may need to reassure your partner that it isn't an infection.

Tell them what feels good and what doesn't. If you're having a flare or sex is too painful, be honest. Sex is only one part of intimacy. Explore other ways of touching and being together instead.

From: Your Sex Life and Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Study: Genital psoriasis wreaks havoc on sex life," "Inverse psoriasis," "Why do we itch?" "Psoriasis and intimacy," "10 must-have lotions under $10," "Prepping your skin for summer," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

Dermatology and Therapy : "Patients' Perspectives on the Impact of Genital Psoriasis: A Qualitative Study."

Psychology Today : "The Stress-Sex Connection," "The Smell is Right – Using Scents to Enhance Life."

NetDoctor : "What Health Campaigner Holly Dillon wants you to know about sex and psoriasis."

Erin Boh, MD, chair of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Psoriasis Association: "Types of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Study: Genital psoriasis wreaks havoc on sex life," "Inverse psoriasis," "Why do we itch?" "Psoriasis and intimacy," "10 must-have lotions under $10," "Prepping your skin for summer," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

Dermatology and Therapy : "Patients' Perspectives on the Impact of Genital Psoriasis: A Qualitative Study."

Psychology Today : "The Stress-Sex Connection," "The Smell is Right – Using Scents to Enhance Life."

NetDoctor : "What Health Campaigner Holly Dillon wants you to know about sex and psoriasis."

Erin Boh, MD, chair of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Psoriasis Association: "Types of Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 13, 2018

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