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I have recurring genital warts...is my diabetes a factor?

I’ve had condlyoma for about four years. I’ve used Aldara cream and I’ve had LEEP on them, but two months later they came back. I need some help getting rid of them. I know the virus won’t go away, but I’d like it if the appearance could improve. I also have diabetes and I know that doesn’t help. Can you help? 

Is it possible to get genital warts in the anus? Also, I have HIV...does that affect genital warts?

I have HIV and HPV. I have skin-colored bumps on my anal area and red bumps on my buttocks. They have been itching and burning for the last 10 weeks. It can be pretty intense. Sometimes they bleed. My dermatologist says the bumps are due to HPV, so I’m starting a treatment with Aldara. She said it was safe to use it perianally and intra-anally...but the manufacturer says to only use it externally. Which one is true? Also, do genital warts usually have these symptoms?

I’ve noticed some spots on my penis when it’s erect...do I have HPV?

I have a lot of visible spots on my penis that I can only see when I have an erection. I’ve also just noticed some largish brown blotches in my genital area. One is on my penis and there are a few others beside my penis on my legs. I’m usually healthy, but now I’m worried. Do I have HPV? 

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