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Guest kbaillie

About a month ago I discovered some small warts about 2 inches to the right of my cock in the pubic hair region and no place else. They look like what I've seen on various web sites regarding STDs. But - there's a bunch of different opinions. Some say they're caused by a virus similar to chickenpox, and other than kinda ugly, go away on their own. Also, there's not a lot of info about spreading them to a partner - if they are dry, are they contagious? I have a feeling I got them from an escort I was with around the holidays. So far, I've managed to not have sex with anyone until I know more. Actually, about half of them have gone away and I am hoping the others leave as well - and soon! They don't itch, run or anything - just ugly. Since I'm rather "new" to all this, any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Guest Dr. DG

As a doc, I agree with the gentleman who said to visit your doctor.

 

What you describe could be several different things. Your doctor may order a set of tests and/or a biopsy of the tissue for a definitive diagnosis.

 

Continue to use condoms and other safer sex methods until you know what the problem is. If it is sexually transmitted, even protected sex may not prevent its transmission to your partner.

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Guest Matt In Vancouver

First off I'm not a doctor, but I play doctor for fun!

Genital warts, as far as I know, come in two different forms, correct me if I'm wrong. One appears then, if your lucky goes away,never to return. The other is with you until you kill them! there are a few ways of doing this, Topical treatments, there are several by perscription ( do not use over the counter ones they wont work) or freezing them off, this is usually done with liquid nitrogen. OUCH you say, well apparently it isn't that painful, and may require a few treatments, but it's supposedly the best way to rid yourself of the nasty guys.

I agree you need to see a doctor, and my opinions are not to be taken as fact, again i reiterate, I am not a doctor.

happy freezing.

Matt

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Guest Dr. DG

Genital warts are caused by a family of viruses known as Human Papilloma viruses (HPV's). There are several different strains of this virus, and nearly all are sexually transmitted. The effects of using condoms and other safer sex barrier methods to help prevent transmission continues to be controversial, as many clinical studies report conflicting results.

 

HPV has been associated with increased incidence of cervical cancer in women and rectal/anal cancers in men. Not all forms of HPV are the same, and it is virtually impossible to identify the specific virus involved without extensive and often unnecessary laboratory testing.

 

If you contract HPV, your prognosis depends heavily on your health status. In general, most reasonably health patients may have genital warts in their sexual organs or rectal/anal region which disappear with treatment. Genital warts may reappear, but normally only in cases of physiological stress or decreased immune system function. Patients who have acute stress, e. g. emotional or physical difficulties, typically see a mild reappearance of their genital warts that may disappear with treatment.

 

Treatment for genital warts consists of several pharmacological and minor surgical options. Podophyllotoxin (a derivative of mayflower for those of you interested!) or podofilox is the most commonly used treatment. Trichloroacetic acid is also used, but mostly in women with vaginal/cervical genital warts. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen pens and laser/electrical ablation is also used. Men generally have genital warts on their penis and scrotum, or in the rectal/anal regions. Genital warts can vary in size and consistency, and various considerations will be made when your doctor recommends treatment. Many times, the genital warts on a man's penis cannot seen because they are too small. Physicians typically imaging enhancements to help detect and treat these "microwarts".

 

Genital warts are far more common and dangerous than most people realize. If you find growths on your penis or your anus during showering or other "intimate" activity--you and your partner should seek treatment from a physician.

 

Thanks for listening!

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Doc,

 

I cannot thank you enough for providing your expertise to us.

 

My only fear is that you're going to make me so paranoid, I won't want to have sex at all and Dr. Laura will end up the winner!

 

But for now, Dr. DG - I LOVE YOU MAN!

 

HooBoy

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Don't worry HooBoy...I will NEVER be a Dr. Laura! I wish she would develop permanent laryngitis! If there is one thing I can't stand...it's a self-righteous bigot like her!

UGH...and to think that Paramount TV is putting that anal-compulsive witch on television...makes me nauseous. She is better than syrup of ipecac for making me vomit.

 

I know sometimes I am a downer with all of my safer-sex gospel and my natural propensity to make anything sexual sound dangerous, but it is just that I care. I want us to be a healthy, happy and proud community!

 

Take care and don't let that old Yiddishe bag named Dr. Laura get to you.

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Dr? Laura was not born Jewish, so I don't think can be Yiddish. She's a converted tramp.

 

I must admit I listen to her show in the morning because I like getting pissed at someone other than the idiots on the freeway. Also, sometimes she does offer good advice.

 

HooBoy

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Guest Ohmsford

Warts

 

I can definitely feel for you if you are experiencing warts and you definitely should seek out medical assistance. Back in October I had to have outpatient surgery for the dreaded hemmorhoids (sp?).. During the surgery the surgeon came across a couple of anal warts which he removed. I had my suspicions how I got them but since I am very much closeted I didn't let my family know that back in March I had for the ONLY time unprotected anal sex with a guy. (Can it really take 7 mos. to show up.) The surgeon said that if they came back I would probably want to have laser surgery. Well at the first of the year I began to have consistant anal bleeding and I thought maybe the Hemmorhoids were coming back so I put it off going back to the doctor because honestly it about "killed" me the first time.

 

Well a week ago I saw another surgeon who specializes in laser surgery and yes the warts are back in force. Evidently the surgeon was shocked at how many I had. I have delayed surgery until two weeks from today because of my job but hopefully this will take care of it. (Oh by the way the pathology report after my last surgery indicated no cancer but from everything I have read on the web this is a possibility.) Anyway get to the doctor before a small problem becomes a large one.

 

Ohmsford

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