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Hey, Faggot: I have given a lot of blow jobs in my day, but recently a very strange thing happened. I was with a new fellow, and the morning after delighting him orally, I had really appalling diarrhea.

I figured it must have been something else I ate the night before. So I went on with my life, and we had oral sex three more times that day, and the next morning, I was intestinally distressed again. Monday rolled around, he went back home, my belly returned to normal. Then I went to visit him three weeks later and the same thing happened!

So what's up? I have given blow jobs to other men both before and after this particular gent, and I've never experienced anything like this. Is it an allergic reaction? A hex put on me by his girlfriend? (I know, I know: Infidelity is wrong and dangerous, but she hasn't fucked him in over a year and we're both HIV-free and it just seemed like the thing to do, you know?) The only thing I have been able to come up with is that he, being an adventurous vegetarian, eats a lot of curries and stuff my tender tummy can't handle. But would curry pollute his spunk?

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Hey, BA: It's highly unlikely that your reaction had anything to do with curry. According to Dr. Barak Gaster, "The components of curry that might cause an intestinal reaction in some people are unlikely to be transmitted to sperm -- it's unlikely that any food allergen would be transmitted in this manner."

So if it wasn't a reaction to your cheatin' boy's eating habits, what caused your intestinal distress? "One of the causes of human infertility is antibody production by women in reaction to a particular partner's sperm, and in some cases, by men in reaction to their own sperm. And there are women who produce antibodies to all sperm. This raises the possibility that people can also be allergic to a particular individual's sperm. From what she's describing, it sounds possible that she is having a food allergy to his semen." In other words, you're specifically allergic to his come, not to any spices that he ingested.

So, what to do? "Food-type allergies are very subjective and hard to sort out. The only reliable way to identify a food allergy is to keep a food diary, recording food intake and symptoms. Look for consistent correlations. If repeated exposures seem to cause repeated symptoms, there isn't much to do beyond avoidance." If this guy's spunk is making you sick, don't swallow it.

Hey, Faggot: Awhile ago I came all over my boyfriend's bare chest. To my horror, as we were showering, I noticed he had a red rash where my come had splashed on his skin. The welts didn't go away for about a day. What could have caused this? I don't remember eating anything out of the ordinary. Is my boyfriend allergic to me?

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Hey, I: "A rash which forms in an area that has been exposed to semen is likely to be either an allergic or an irritant reaction to semen, also unlikely to be affected by food," says Dr. Gaster. "If the welts appear for less than three hours from contact, it's more likely to be an irritant issue, such as acidity. If they appear more than 12 hours, there is a higher chance that it is a specific allergic reaction." I'm assuming this isn't the first time you've come on your boyfriend's chest: How come the welts never appeared before? "Contact allergies can take several exposures to sensitize."

Dr. Gaster wanted to leave us with these thoughts: "The immune system and allergic reactions are among the most complicated and least understood areas in all medicine. It is known that both men and women can develop autoimmune reactions to sperm, and both can be a cause of infertility. If a person is allergic to a particular partner's sperm, experiencing a rash or diarrhea after exposure would make sense."

Hey, Faggot: My new lover does not want my come "staining" her sheets, her clothes (sometimes she's partially dressed during the act), her mattress, the rug, whatever. She's not anal-retentive and can be quite the animal when it comes to getting down, but she insists that we put a large beach towel underneath us or in any other strategic area where my come might land. So, what's the poop? Does come stain? Can it ruin a mattress, a rug, her skirt? I want to respect her needs, but no woman has ever made such a demand before.

Curious About Come Stains

Hey, CACS: I took your concerns to Michael S. Peru, proprietor of Noble Dry Cleaner and Laundry Services, the only gay-owned dry cleaner on Capitol Hill, and therefore Seattle's recognized authority on the subject of come stains: "The pH of the individual in question is the issue. Come is a bodily secretion, and everyone's pH [acidity] is different. Some people's secretions stain more quickly than others. Typically, if you clean the garment within a week, there shouldn't be any problem, unless it's some pretty potent stuff."

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