Meet the gay doctor who answers the questions you’re too shy to ask your doctor

Meet the gay doctor who answers the questions you’re too shy to ask your doctor

Dr. Carlton Thomas
Dr. Carlton Thomas (Photo: attached)

The gay doctor has earned a huge fan base with his simple, straightforward videos about anal sex and sexually transmitted infections. His following really exploded over the summer when he started posting videos specifically educating gay men about monkeypox.

Videos of dr. Carlton Thomas came at a time when people were desperate for accurate and up-to-date information. More and more people are converting TikTok for small pieces of news.

Dr. Thomas was born and raised in “very conservative rural South Carolina.” He studied at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He works as a gastroenterologist (that’s all about the health of your gut), but has gained knowledge in all areas of queer health.

Thomas says there is a real thirst for such information from many of the queer people in his practice. He also says that he noticed “a great lack of proper queer health sex on social networks.”

Now located in San Diego, California. Married, he has two 17-year-old children through surrogacy.

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Discovering TikTok during a pandemic

Thomas says he first started posting videos in 2020 as a result of “relieving the stress and boredom of the pandemic. My kids were huge fans of Tik Tok so I jumped in one night and realized how great it could be.”

“My audience skyrocketed after I posted delicately worded anal sex instructional videos on preparation and relaxation.”

“I got about 50 thousand followers from that. Interestingly, the statistics showed that 75% were women early on, which I didn’t expect, but I realized, ‘Hey, everyone has an ass and can be interested in anal sex.’

“I continued to grow by posting more butt health videos and then pivoted to a more solid queer health platform on my Instagram. I’m talking about PrEP, PEP, HIV, U=U, Doxy PEP, but also proper STI testing, vaccination and harm reduction.”

Earlier this year, Thomas was “incredibly upset” when he realized that monkeypox primarily affects gay men.

“Having one of the few queer health social media platforms, I felt the need to sound the alarm. On May 20th, when Darklands Belgium announced that they had three new cases and I knew that IML would be in Chicago soon and a similar crowd would be traveling to it, I said my first warning video.

“It felt eerily similar to HIV, but this time without the almost certain death that early HIV brought in the 80s.

“When my fellow doctor gay friend from Chicago posted that he got it about 10 days after IML [International Mr Leather], I knew this was going to be a big problem. If he could get it, so could I!”

@doctorcarlton #monkeypox #gaytiktok #tiktokgay #bottom ♬ original sound – Doctor Carlton

Related: Half of gay and bi men have reduced sexual activity due to monkeypox

Responding to the arrival of monkeypox

“I started doing Instagram lives with people who had it and started putting out all the treatment and vaccination information I could to help stop this,” says Thomas.

“I feel like those live videos gave people the insight to take this seriously. My inbox was flooded daily with men who were newly infected and had no idea what to do. I helped point people to resources for treatment and vaccinations.

“As a GI specialist, the rectal pain part was of particular interest. People told me that their neighbors called 911 every time they went to the bathroom because they thought someone had been killed.

“There were many sleepless nights helping people who had nowhere to turn. At first, doctors and nurses had no idea how to diagnose or treat it because it was new. Many were diagnosed early with herpes or syphilis.”

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Thomas pays credit to others, such as Grant Rothwho “built a Google Docs with a vaccine and testing sites,” community advocate Jeffrey Galaise and veteran activist, Dan Savage who also sounded the alarm.

“Our community has been through this before and together we took grassroots action to help stop this when it seemed no one else was going to help us. We still have work to do because most new infections are in people of color, while vaccination rates for them are much lower. Health inequality is something we are struggling with,” says Thomas.

“The real turning point for us in the USA was when dr. Demetre Daskalakis became Deputy Director for Strategy of Monkey Goddess. Having a gay man at the helm doing all the same things we do really made people listen.”

The most important advice for gay men about their sexual health

Queerty asks dr. Thomas for the most important advice he would give to gay men.

“Be responsible for your sexual health. Your level of protection is yours decision i yours responsibility,” he says.

“Know your HIV status. If you test negative and are at risk of HIV infection, switch to PrEP to prevent it. If you are positive, heal to undetectable status and stay that way to have a normal life expectancy. Also, remember that U=U so you can’t spread the virus through sex when you can’t detect it.”

He also tells people to be aware of PEP and get all relevant vaccinations. He says that urine tests alone are not enough if you are also a receptive partner during sex.

“You need rectal swabs if you take a bottom and throat swab if you perform oral sex. And preview your partner before playing! If something doesn’t look or smell right, don’t play!”

@doctorcarlton Why doesn’t it take that long to purify the water?!!!! #bottom #tiktokgay #gaytiktok #gay ♬ original sound – Doctor Carlton

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