That’s jaw-dropping! Not only genital numbness, but he also experienced loss of emotion like so many of us.
There have been others say they were in contact with another person affected similarly by Accutane, but they wouldn’t have ever known unless they prompted them with questions about specific side effects.
I know of someone, through an ex-girlfriend mentioning it, who was on Accutane and also had some degree of ED in his teens. I believe he is a distant relation of mine, so this might point to a genetic component of certain side effects.
I have also been very open with coworkers about having these issues and gave a stern warning about PSSD to someone after he said he was on Prozac. He put his head down and mumbled something about things not being the same. I never pursued the subject after that.
This condition must be grossly under-reported and might be considered an “unspeakable” illness because of the stigma.
Did your friend have anything more to say? Did he recover from this completely?