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Can I catch genital warts from giving my boyfriend a hand job?

My boyfriend has genital warts. I don’t understand how I could get infected. If I stimulate him by hand (I mean by giving him a hand job), will I get infected...even if I don’t see any warts?

My partner’s genital warts went away after treatment...can I still catch them?

My boyfriend just came home after being away for four years. He got tested for STDs and found out he has genital warts. I was tested too, and I’m clear. But we’re due to get married so I want to know: if his warts are removed, can I still contract the virus? Can I only get it if he has an outbreak?

Could I pass genital warts or genital herpes on to a new partner if I don’t have any symptoms?

I was in a five-year relationship with a man who had been treated for genital warts before I met him. He also had a herpes outbreak that started on his back and later showed up on his genitals. I only used the pill for birth control while we were together. We never had sex when he had a herpes outbreak, and I don’t have any symptoms of herpes or warts, but I’m wondering if I could transmit either disease in new relationships.

I was diagnosed and treated for genital warts, but they came back. What should I do?

About a year and a half ago I noticed something on my penis. I thought nothing of it and it went away by itself. About 18 months later, something appeared again so I went to the sexual health clinic, where they diagnosed several flat warts. I was given ointment to treat the warts and that seemed to help. But then a flat wart came back ⎼ much bigger, 0.5 cm diameter ⎼ and another has become a raised wart, about 0.3 cm diameter. I treated them again with the ointment and they seemed to be going way again...but almost overnight, they have come back. T he raised wart raised and the flat wart is looking pink and healthy. Can you help? Is there another ointment I can get? I do not want to go to the sexual health clinic again if possible.