Chronic infection of urethra/meatus characterized by inflammation and mild pain
Up until I was about I was about 16 years old (I'm 19 now), I had been unable to retract my foreskin due to moderate phimosis, but after some stretching exercises I was able to do so completely and without discomfort.
I found a red plaque around the meatus(urethra) of the penis which has persisted for the three years following the initial discovery. I saw a number of doctors and eventually had it biopsied, but they could only classify it as non-specific inflammation. I saw a dermatologist who believed it might be due to accumulation of moisture, but I clean the area every day and it is usually very dry. Even when I have exposed it to the air for several days at a time, it only seemed to get worse.
The area is irregularly shaped, but covers an area of about 1 cm X 3/4 cm. Most of the area is simply inflamed, but there is a spot on the left side which extends to about 1/4 cm down into the urethra, with infected tissue visible on the side. There is no discharge or bleeding, only mild pain to the touch. It has gotten slightly worse, with an area of less significant inflammation and discoloration extending around the initial area of infection.
Does anyone have any suggestions or a possible diagnosis? This has resulted in a great deal of stress and rendered me unable to pursue an intimate relationship out of embarrassment and fear of possibly spreading it to a partner. The urologist said it could not be transmitted sexually, but I wouldn't like to take that chance. Any suggestions would be very helpful.