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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?

What can cause genital warts in young children?

I’m looking for information about genital warts in children. My friend’s 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with genital warts on her thighs and buttocks. The pediatrician brought up the possibility of sexual abuse. The parents don’t have any evidence of this, but the wart coincided with their daughter starting preschool. One day, the girl came home with different underwear provided by the school because she wet her pants. Could the underpants have transmitted the warts? The doctor gave them a cream to put on the warts but they are not going away and one is growing like cauliflower. Should the warts be removed? Should the mother be worried about getting warts on her hands when she applies the cream to her daughter? They also have three other young children who share the same bathroom...can genital warts spread to the other children via the toilet seat or towels? Any information you can provide would be very helpful!

Can you get genital warts by borrowing an infected person’s boxers?

Can you get genital warts by borrowing an infected person’s boxers? Here’s my story: I play in rock band and we had a photoshoot a while ago. We had to dress up in boxers and silk shirts...but I was in a hurry that day and forgot my “sexy” boxers. The photographer let me borrow her husband’s boxers so I replaced mine with his and did the shoot. A month later, I wind up with some strange bumps on my genitals and the doctor says I have genital warts. Then I remember that the photographer’s husband has genital warts. Could that be the cause? My girlfriend just got a Pap and it doesn’t show anything, and she’s getting a more sensitive test soon to see if she has the virus...

We’re monogamous...so how could my husband have genital warts?

I’ve been with my husband for four years and he just discovered three small bumps on the shaft of his penis up in his hairline. We’re both very faithful and I’m scared this could be genital warts. They’re very small and brownish colored and they don’t look like cauliflower or anything...but they do look like small warts. My husband has skin-colored bumps on his penis that are perfectly normal...they look like goose bumps. What could this be?

I was treated for genital warts a long time ago. Am I cured, or could I still infect someone else?

I had genital warts a long time ago that were treated by a doctor. I’ve never had another outbreak. Do I still have HPV? Even though the virus seems dormant, can it recur at some time? If it is dormant, can I still pass it on to someone else?

Can I pass genital warts through oral sex after the warts are gone?

I’ve just been diagnosed with HPV and I’m being treated for genital warts. What are the chances of transmitting the virus through oral sex after all signs of the virus have disappeared? And what are the chances of transmitting the virus through vaginal and anal sex?